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hiking
11 days ago

Great trail the first 2.5 miles are quite beautiful, with moderate inclined, water falls, view and just simply beautiful.
I did it in rain more rain and heavy rain with 35 miles in hour wind at the top. I recommend the trail in late spring when is full of flowers. Go be free.

Went hiking up here mid afternoon in the summer and it was perfect.

This is a national recreational trail - intended to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. The trail was built by the Chinook Trail Association. We began our one-way hike in the Cold Creek Campground and headed north on the trail with a car at each end (Moulton Falls parking lot). A good early spring hike with light rain throughout the day and patches of snow off the trail at the higher elevations (max 1600' . The trail south to north is 8 miles; 22 wooden bridges, 2 steel bridges, and a turnpike (all in good condition). Easier to go this direction since it is gradual up to the Bells Mountain trail top and then descending is easier. For the most part in mature mixed forests and follows two streams (Cold Creek then over a ridge to another unnamed one). The trail needs maintenance - duff retains water in low areas and berms need knocking down. The trail hinge has mostly disappeared from ( from milepost 3 to 8). Oregon grape, ferns, silal and other encroaching plants constrain the trail width but still passable. Most of the trail drains need cleaning out (the culverts are working well). Fir seedlings have been planted in the clear cut areas and a 15 year growth of Douglas Fir in other areas, with some thinning in older areas of restoration, makes the trail an improvement over previous years. Few realize this trail starts at Hantwick trailhead (2 miles west of the Bells Mtn trailhead) and goes 1.6 miles past Cold Creek park to the Yacolt Burn trailhead on Dole Valley Road. The extension of the Cold Creek to Yacolt Burn trailhead was improved this winter by the Washington Trails Association. A great hike with lots of forest and large trees (my score is 3.5/5.0). I do it each year about this time.

This was our first time coming here and didn’t really know what to expect as a friend had been suggested it so we thought, why not? If you’re looking for a quiet hike, this is not it. We got an early start but it was a constant stream of people, bikes, horses, etc. Not a big deal to some but not my idea of a hike. It was also clear that many people don’t clean up after their dogs, which was disappointing as I carried my bags the easy 2.5 miles to the garbage. We came from the Hantwick TH and planned to take some trails past the bridge but there was zero signage which for a place like this, you’d think they would have some guide or map other than just elevation. we did the most obvious small loop and called it good as we were getting a little irritated trying to figure it out past that. Like others have said too, hard to see the falls in high water season so maybe a sign to let you know what you may be looking at would’ve been nice. The scenery and bridge were beautiful, it just wasn’t the right “hike” for us.

Hiked this with my dogs, started at the entrance at Moulton Falls (parked at the Hantwick Parking Lot). Love this trail!

walking
2 months ago

Very pretty trail. Short and EASY ...however, this trail is kid, family, and dog friendly. No real incline. Falls are literally a few hundred yards from parking lot!

Incredible experience. bring a jeep, lifted suv, or large truck. it's no joke

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails! Great scenery and awesome view!

hiking
2 months ago

I have been up to this trail a couple times in January 2018. Most recent is January 21st.

Let's start with the road. I read many reviews and thought, okay, you people can't get your Honda up there or something, it probably isn't that bad. Boy... Was I wrong! I have a Ram 1500 Rebel which is an off-road truck and there are some spots where it challenges the clearance. I also went up there with a friend who has a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trail Hawk and the road was barely passable and at two points we had the Grand Cherokee on three wheels, and this was trying to keep from the worst stuff.
Right now the snow is really wet and slippery on the road near the parking lot and one corner is pretty bad and you will slip down and fall into a pretty big rut.
Long story short, you need a off-road capable vehicle. I would not take a cross-over, Subaru, etc. kind of vehicle up here until the road is graded again. An SUV with good ground clearance, like a Trail Hawk that can raise the ride height or a full-size truck with 4WD or AWD.

Okay, on to the hike though.
The hike is a pretty steep grade during parts, but the trails are well maintained and the views are impressive on a clear day! There are some cliffs near the trails, but nothing immediately close, but if you have kids/dogs, you may want to stay aware. Overall, well worth the effort and a great place to be!

We found this hike to be a little vanilla and relatively crowded. While the path is well taken care of, we tend to go hiking for a little more seclution. During January the falls are more of a set of large rapids but I'm sure they are more appealing during the dryer months. The river setting is nice and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and have a picnic at one of the many park benches provided. The thing that saved the day from total disappointment was the pair of bald eagles we found only 40 to 50 feet up in a tree right off the trail over looking the water. They seemed completely unoffended by our presence and stood for our many pictures of them.

Good hike trail is easy to follow and there are signs every mile so you can't get lost. I tracked my hike with Strava it casme out to be 10.6 miles not the 11.2 All trails says it to be . First 2 miles has the clear cut areas but then after that lots of tall trees and moss .

hiking
3 months ago

Fun little walk with the kids. Nice views but not really PNW Wilderness. Would be great it you’re just looking to get outside.

Hidden Falls is a gem and this trail is a good winter hike when the snow is above 2500 feet..

mountain biking
4 months ago

Sweet MTB Trail

simple yet beautiful trail

Easy trail to follow. There is a lot of clear cut, but did enjoy this trail.

on Silver Star Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, but it was crazy windy and cold the day I went! The views are really great along the way and at the top. I will have to go back and explore more of the trails connecting to the silver star on a warmer day. Also the road about 2.5 miles before the trail is ROUGH! deep trenches, rocks and pot holes. I made it with my Trooper, but I'd be worried with a low clearance vehicle. Just be aware

hiking
6 months ago

A nice trail, go to the falls!

hiking
6 months ago

I got a couple miles into this trail before seeing some droppings that made me uncomfortable. I was alone so I decided to turn back to Moulton Falls. The initial ascent is pretty steep but the setting is breathtaking. I will come back to this trail! One of the lushest settings I've been in in a while.

Seems like a great spot for summer river wading, but I probably wouldn't come here again for hiking. The parking situation is not great (get here early) and there was a shocking lack of signage on the loop trails. The loop map doesn't include all the forks so I felt more anxious about where I was going than I should have. Overall it was fine, but maybe not for me. The bridge allows for some good photo ops.

hiking
7 months ago

Spectacular trail and views! I started at 5 am and took Ed's trail coming in and WOW. Every ridge and small switchback something stunning was waiting. Ed's trail was fun! Slightly technical with some climbing and tight spaces but it was a welcomed change to the norm of just walk-in walk-out. Any SUV could make it. May pop a tire if they're factory/road tires. I wouldn't go without all terrains on. Divets seem intimidating but just slowly cruise over them from an angle and you'll be okay. Slow is key!

My husband and I love this trail. So cool and shady on a hot day. His recumbent trike works great here. Love to stop along the way and look at the river or the wooded hillside interspersed with streams.

hiking
7 months ago

Visited this past Saturday (8/26/17). This trail is awesome. Not really covered, so bring some sunscreen. But if you get to the summit there are incredible views!!!

As others have mentioned, the road to the top (last two miles) is .... ROUGH. HEED THIS WARNING!

I have a Hyundai Santa Fe with AWD and I made it up about .3 of the last 2 mile stretch before we just parked and walked the rest of the way (1.7mi to the parking lot, 2.5 mi to the summit). Seriously, unless you have a big truck or Jeep with MORE than regular SUV clearance, you may not be able to make it to the top.

That being said, I probably COULD have made it to the top. I did see a Subaru Forester when I got to the parking lot which has arguably less clearance than my car, but it's going to be a heck of a ride and you could easily get stuck, blow a tire, etc. I just didn't want to risk it.

Essentially what I'm saying is if you don't have a truck or SUV with lots of clearance, you may be walking to the parking lot. As I said, there are some BIG divets about .3 miles in on the last stretch that might get you--there were at least a handful of cars here when we got back from the top.

Beautiful hike! but the 4109 "road" to the trail head is really really bad, it's basicly washed out and will be inaccessible soon. Apparently none of the funds from the discovery passes will be used to fix this road to a very popular trailhead.

Very steep, and the rocks are very unstable throughout parts of the trail. absolute gorgeous views though!

Great hike, wouldn't suggest wearing vibrume 5 finger show's like I did. however, the best of what the northwest has to offer.

hiking
8 months ago

The parking and traffic situation here is terrible, even on weekdays. Not worth it.

The parking and traffic situation here is terrible, even on weekdays. Not worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Views were amazing, pretty easy hike, easy for dogs too. Road going up is very bad, last 2 miles have a high clearance 4wd or awd car. We had a lifted jeep and had fun going up. Road is a logging road so very compact gravel which is very rough

I haven't done this trail for a couple years. I memorized the trail by sections of forest to clear cuts. They're was more forest than clear cuts. Section 2(the biggest patch of forest) was devastatingly cut down by like 80% it seems, and it seems to be continuing(according to the sign posted). I went out to go back to the trail that i've done more than 5 times and it was just so freaking sad to see the forest floor exposed, ripped up, and all plants dead from the sun. Insane amount of logging happening and I honestly don't know how people are enjoying walking thru this anymore now and giving it these 5 stars...its so tragic being in what it was to now:(

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