Explore the most popular walking trails near Randle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

So here’s the deal folks. If your a novice/ intermediate hiker and have been “cherry picking” day hikes to meet your abilities or maybe even trying a harder trail and not finishing it out, then this trail is for you. It is awesome with amazing views of Mt Adams and the Goat Rocks. So the first 1.5 miles is fairly hard. Just take your time because the next mile is still a good climb, but not near as steep. At MP 2.5 you get your first amazing view of Mt Adams and Goat Rocks. The next two miles are just small rolling hills on the back side of Nannie Ridge that ultimately pass a couple really cool small ponds and eventually end up at Sheep Lake. The views are spectacular just make sure you bring plenty of bug spray and sun block because once you break out of the timber the sun and bugs are a little intense.

My nine year old and myself did the whole loop, and it was an easy hike.. Absolutely gorgeous!

Short easy walk. Several areas to access river bed. Our kids really enjoyed this and there were several families swimming/wading. The trees were amazing with a beautiful boardwalk and great informational placards.

Great hike. Beautiful nature, but a lot of mosquitos!

hiking
7 days ago

Outstanding view up top but would NOT recommend right now. Mosquitos! Tons of them!! Even with bug spray, they'll lay siege to your ears, nose... one even flew straight down my throat. Seriously. There are very few breezes (which also means it can get hot) until you get to the very tippy-top, and even then a couple still tracked me down. Tenacious buggers! And it is fairly steep, so unless you're built like a mountain goat, you'll be like me - huffing and puffing and a total easy target. The steepness lets you run down the trail on the way back though!

The trail is rutted due to motorbikes, but I've seen much worse in the area (and I didn't run into any on a Saturday afternoon). The drive to get there is fine - there are many weird 'speed bumps' along the last 4 miles of road (some on blind curves - very annoying). If I were driving a sedan I might've worried about scraping, but I saw a car had made it just fine so what do I know. But yes, the view is worth it... maybe just a wait a couple weeks for those bugs to clear out.

Very easy hike yesterday... Trees were majestic, amazing, almost ethereal... Cool one person bridge.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome hike yesterday... Took the east side trail from Grove of the Patriarchs... Nice easy hike in and out. Falls were amazing.

hiking
10 days ago

We had 5 small kids age 5-11 and only did the 1 mile straight hike to the falls. We did not continue on throughout the 4 mile loop. This hike did have an elevation change of 300 feet throughout the trail. Some parts of the trail are narrow and right along the edge. But the Silver Falls are amazing. We went at the end of June and the colors we bright and vibrant. It was pretty heavily trafficked too. This trailhead was somewhat difficult to find as it was tucked in to the trees. But it is directly across the street from the Grove of the Patriarchs trail parking lot and the Eastline Trail sign. Definitely worth the short hike.

Some beautiful large trees and a lovely green river! Family loved skipping rocks!

Gorgeous

Love this trail!

Beautiful scenery!!! The falls are great and the kids loved every bit of the hike. This is one I will do over and over again.

Awesome hike! Very beautiful with lots of amazing views. Only gave 4stars due to lack of directions...got turned around and didn't get to complete the full hike. Definitely a hard hike, with lots of up hill but worth the gorgeous waterfalls.

Switchbacks to Angel Falls were steep.... beautiful hike!

Really interesting and beautiful to look at the trees. And the bridge is a fun element!

backpacking
21 days ago

Use road NF 48 up to trailhead #86. The road is ok for travel minus one large rut which might give cars an issue.

The Trail is still covered with large amounts of hard packed snow about 6 miles in, which are acrossed very steep sections. I made it to the base of Johnson's peak, but I would recommend going that far till about the end of July.

As my second attempt to summit Juniper Peak (first was 5/12 - snowfield blockage 0.5 mil in to trail), I am so excited to share this trip report from today 6/24.

Start temp: 59 degree @ 9:30a. Clean skies. First on the trail. Alt 3600 ft

End temp: 74 degrees @ 12:45p. Clear skies. Five cars at trailhead (some for Tongue Mountain trail)

I won't bore you with the details on the forestry road to the trailhead. It was good. No issues.

I'll do my review a little differently this time. I've broken it up to segments for new folks wanting to check this hike out and would know what to expect.

Trailhead 0.0 - 0.75mi : Consistent incline (~15% grade - felt like a 500 ft/mi pace). Trail is wide most of the way, but remember as this is an OHV approved trail (and the motorcycle track is basically a trench that you'll need to trek through or you can do it along the edge.

0.75-1.5 mi: The switch back begins. The first two segments are longer (200yds each), then the next three are shorter (50 yds), and the final one is the straight shot to the peak. After a bit, you'll see peakaboos of Adams and Juniper ridge. Note the grade increases a little. I'd say around 20-25% on average. Not too bad though. Just pace yourself. Segments are in good condition and foot friendly. Lol.

1.5-2.25 mi: The grade here gets sort of steeper, but not by much. It felt like it fluctuated 10%-25%. Overall not bad. But also be advised that the massive amount of bugs live in this zone. It's like an air raid…if it had wings…you'll know it. Great news though, you'll start to see more of Mt Adams.

2.25-2.75 mi: I honestly feel this is where the gain occurred the quickest. Nearly 45%-50% typical grade in most places. My altimeter showed a ~600 ft gain in this 0.5 mile segment through old growth. Nothing to see here…it was just shaded and steep. Take your time and breath. Not many bugs whizzing by. So you're ok. As you make the final accent to the open views, you'll come to a makeshift Y junction created by bikers. Take either…they will both converge a little ways up just before you exit the tree line. Yeah. You made it.

2.75-3.0 mi: You're already at the top ridgeline at ~5400 ft. You'll skirt the ridge to Juniper Peak (its more of a big mound/hill..200+ ft in height). Trek as far as you like forward.

Once as the base of the Juniper Peak…head to the south side staring at My Adams (so very cool). You have two options. Continue to trek another 0.5 mile to the small rock peaks (clearly visible).

Hint, not really worth it, I went. It's very buggy and visibility to St Helens is hindered a bit from nearby mountains. But you can see Rainier, Adams, and Hood. Anyways, I recommend to save that energy and climb up Juniper Peak on the back side instead. It's about 240 ft up (40-45% grade the lower half, and 50%+ at you approach the top). The first half has a little dirt trail (see in pic), but after that you make your own trail through rocks, grass, and dirt. Others have made many so you can mix and match. Here you will see FOUR volcanoes (Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and Hood in the distance. This was a real treat on such a beautiful cloudless day (but some haze did exist at distance).

Overall a great hike. I am so happy to have driven 3 hrs to get here and witness this amazing beauty.

This trail is more of a Moderate plus, due to some steep segments up top that may catch some offguard.

Bridges are down so we were a little worried about making it to the falls, but we were able to make our way through anyhow. Several trail signs are down/missing but otherwise it’s a good hike. The falls are Beautiful!

walking
23 days ago

Easy nice trail. The views of silver fall is astonishing.

This trail was truly amazing. The views of the roaring waters with the trees were stunning. We went up to the rocks and were a foot away from the falls, the mist in our faces felt so nice and the sounds were so relaxing. You can climb out to the rocks but be careful at some points are slippery. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike! Did it with a friend and her 3 daughters, littlest one 9. Enjoyable hike for all ages. Well maintained trail, easy to follow signs. Actually did silver falls trail, but connected to the grove of patriarchs trail, which is a must see also! Waterfall was full and powerful, awesome to stand next to it and feel the mist on you. Lots of shade cover and so green.

Trail has been maintained and the views were great.

hiking
30 days ago

I would recommend go now it is in perfect condition. No snow, trail groomed, thank you parks department. Lake was in great condition, look forward to the next visit, the only down draw to this hike was the incline gain with elevation. No switch backs though.

This hike is definitely not a loop. We followed the map for the hike and it took us in a crazy route. First of all the hike is not hard, moderate is more accurate. It is not well marked at all and very confusing to find the right trail, even for us avid hikers. The hike is well over double the elevation gain stated. I think we went about 1700 elevation gain. Lastly, the falls are great. There are many on this hike and the last big ones are amazing.

Hard to write a review when I wasn’t able to get past 2.2 miles due to too much snow. I did all the hard work only to have to turn around. Still, it was worth feeling alive. It was worth the hard breathing and heart pumping. I’ll be back next month to complete the loop.

I wouldn’t go up until late July or the beginning of August. The last mile is snow and steep, leaving it very dangerous. The melting snow has left points where snow bridges have formed over the small run-offs. Beautiful views at the top, I’m just lucky I didn’t break a leg or slide down some steep faces.

Good hike, trail is very well maintained. The falls are a great reward and the rock outcropping are beautiful.

The trees are impressive.

We parked in lot B as day use visitors, and began the hike near the hot springs.

The Silver Falls are midway through the loop trail. The water was roaring though the pass while we were there (mid June), a result of lots of melting snow and two days of rain just before our hike.

Through much of the hike a layer of moss covered everything, dampening the sounds and bringing peace.

The path was wide and well padded. We saw people near the actual falls, but aside from that the hike was solitary. I highly recommend the Silver Falls Loop.

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