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Not a stroll in the park but surprisingly easier than I’d anticipated. The last bit through the ash field felt like it was never going to end but this was the only time my achilles were barking at me. The view up top was totally worth it as was the brief glissade down. We started out at dawn and had perfect sunny but cool weather until our descent. I’m so glad we did this hike!

Wow what an experience... when you finally get to the top, it feels as though you are on top of the word... the colors looking down into the volcano, cameras can’t capture how awesome and beautiful it is...we had the top all to ourselves for about 20 minutes and could hear glaciers falling. I am looking forward to going again. The last .7 miles to the top was the hardest, literally one step at a time, with the top taunting you to hurry up and get there

hiking
4 days ago

Definitely a tough one. As bad coming down as up. Two miles of easy trail, then 2.5 of climbing around or through boulders, and then 1.5 of ash and gravel. Don’t start late in the day. Probably about 9 hours for most people.

Really incredible views, so much more impressive than you'd think.

hiking
5 days ago

It was a very easy trail to find and follow! The views were magnificent!

Incredible views above the clouds, did in 2015. Highly recommended. Plenty of camping areas, stayed near cougar...expect a long and punishing hike because of the terrain. It is no joke, but no words can describe the view from the rim.

Great views, easy hike

The road to the falls was a bit washed away but seemingly managed. I'd suggest a SUV or pickup. It was worth the trip though because the falls were beautiful. You can't beat the fresh smell of a waterfall from the ice caps of a mountain. Precious and spectacular. The rumble of the falls is absolutely a sound I won't yet forget. Go and enjoy!

The dust and ash through the "restricted zone" was quite aggravating to breathe, especially over an extended amount of time. The trail itself is not very demanding, with elevation gain and loss mostly through the "restricted zone". Be wary of filtering water through streams in and near the "restricted zone" as they are loaded with silt. We filtered water through a clear-looking stream and our filter had a fair amount of silt in it afterwards and required back-flushing.

hiking
8 days ago

What a wonderful hike! We parked by Council Lake and caught the Boundary Trailhead up to Council Bluff (per the directions from WTA). Not too steep, not too long - a great add on after visit Takhlakh Lake and walking the loop around there. Our dog loved the hike, though there is no water along the trail, and a rocky exposed section near the top. She enjoyed cooling off in Council Lake afterward (though we drank plenty of water throughout). Stunning views at a few points on the way up, and spectacular view at the top. We saw Mount Hood clearly, a bit of Mount Rainier, amidst some clouds, and caught a glimpse of Mount St Helens. Adams was the star of the show of course. I highly recommend this hike!

Unless you have Discover Pass parking will cost $10.00 per day. We did the Hamilton Mtn. trail. It was a pretty decent hike. It was challenging but you can squeeze in a nice break when you reach Rodney Falls. Not quite the halfway mark to the Hamilton Summit but a good 1.8 mi. from the falls to the Hamilton Summit.

Hiked up on July 4th with my 16,8,5 year old boys and our Lab. The road from Carson is in excellent condition. The weather was a bit cloudy with no beating sun with temperatures in the 70's which made the mosquitoes tolerable using Repel Sportsman Max 40. The hike up was awesome as usual and my 5 year old son did all by himself. I had to hold his hand a good amount of the time as many parts of the trail are quite steep with a solid drop off for a 5 year old. My 8 year old made it in and out all by himself. When we got there we found a camping spot along the East side of the lake and within 5 minutes of having my line in the water I pulled out a 12" Rainbow Trout! I used a Feather Treble Hook Spinner Spoon Lure with Balls O' Fire Salmon Eggs on 2 hooks and garlic PowerBait on the other hook. Now, does any of this matter? Who knows, I did not get another bit, nor did my 8 year old son over the next 4 hours, but hey, I got one and it was delicious! The mosquitoes at the lake weren't too bad either. There was maybe 5-6 sets of people we saw the entire 8 hour day including the trip in and out. I would say we had at least 3 hours by our self while fishing at the lake. The views at the ridge line of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and the Goat Rocks were stunning as always! The one trail blockage that was there in May has been removed so it is smooth sailing up and in. If you can call 5 miles and 1500' elevation gain smooth sailing. If you have never taken a trip up to Soda Peaks Lake, DO IT! It is well worth the drive. It is just over 2 hours from Battle Ground WA each way.

Loved this shirt hike! Great for kids and the water felt amazing!

Great trail, great views of the Columbia River gorge, Mt Saint Helens and Mt Adams. Native historical site at the top. One of my favorite hikes.

Great views! A bit frightening for someone that doesn’t like heights but the payoff was well worth it.

Hiked a few weeks back thought I might share a video I made about my experience. Hope you enjoy: https://youtu.be/QN-UbQnBEqQ

Be safe out there,
NW Adventures

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful view of Spirit Lake and the surrounding area.

Trail needs repair. Ran into a black bear. Great views of Mt St Helens snd Spirit Lake.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike! Short and sweet. Great spot to have lunch on a clear day!

This was a decent hike to get something in close by Vancouver WA, but the views were nothing special. Especially from the top, where it is so overgrown it is impossible to see anything at all.

heartbreak all the way! that was a good challenge. took my 16 year old son on the hike. it's a good hike although you are in the woods for a large portion of the hike with minimal views. once you get past heartbreak the views are great.

Great hike! Slow and steady will get you to the top. Coming down. No need for crampons. I'd recommend bringing an ice axe and some lower half protection to glissade down. Also, follow your GPS or map rather than the young scouts in your party just going where they think they need to go, you won't end up farther away from the main trail like we did. Face/eye protection from the blowing ash is critical. And Sunblock! The boy who didn't lather it on came down as red as a lobster.

This was my 1st hike in Oregon and I couldn't be happier! This hike had gorgeous views of the gorge, forest, and wildflowers!

hiking
16 days ago

This trail treated us to a calm lake and a waterfall after a short 1.5 mile hike that was moderate.

If you are eager for more try the Bivouac trail not far down the road, you can hike just to the edge of the tree line where a permit will be required to go further, but still over a 3 mile hike with rewarding views.

great hike and once you make it to the top all you see is beauty from god

I’m not sure if my phone tracked the mileage incorrectly but I don’t think the hike is 7+ miles (I think it’s shorter). That said, this is still a beautiful hike. After doing several hikes in the Gorge the views end up looking similar but Hamilton Mountain still has a breathtaking view. The waterfall along the way is also picturesque. We climbed up next to it and it was really nice!

hiking
18 days ago

Decent hike. We went on a weekday but it was still pretty busy. It was quite the climb to get to the top and the view is obstructed by all the bushes. There is a beautiful waterfall which is where most people hike to and then turn around. While the view was pretty, it was the same as any other Gorge hike view. I'm glad I did this hike but I won't be doing it again.

Wonderful hike to the summit on 6/24. Still snow in the valleys to glissade down about 1500 feet. Loved it!

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