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    Backpacked this loop at the end of July. Flowers were in bloom and sunset views amazing.
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    2 weeks, 6 days ago
    Great trail and views. Running water in Zigzag River in early September. Was just a bit crowded.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Very easy river crossing. There’s a log with another log for hand rails. Come back on the PCT side to avoid the only “climb” of the hike if you don’t mind the downhill. Otherwise it’s a very easy hike.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Pretty boring forest hike until you hit 8 miles.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Very rewarding hike from the base of the mountain, just a mile or so from the community of Zigzag, to the old site of the lookout. Total elevation gain of about 3,200 ft and a round trip of 10.6 miles makes for a strenuous, but rewarding test. Beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and the occasional glimpse of Mount Hood along sections of trail make for a pleasant hike. Most of the hike is in the shade of the old growth forest and the trail is in very good shape. Total of 4 other hikers seen on a Sunday afternoon.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Hood pearly gate
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Just linked some features together on the east side of Mt Hood. Wanted to do Cooper Spur in addition, but I was pressed for time. The wildflowers are beautiful right now, would recommend hitting it early, there’s no shade on the Timberline Trail as you can expect.
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    2 months ago
    Nice mid-day hike. Lots of shade and scenic.
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    2 months ago
    Amazing hike with rewarding views of Mt. Hood. Nice trail with some blow down causing some issues. But very easy to navigate around them. Wild flowers all over making for some beautiful pictures. Just a little bit of snow to cross if heading all the way up the Mississippi head wall, well worth the climb. A hike to be placed on your to do list!
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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Started at parking lot and came 9.5 miles so we are close to falls, but at great campsite. We were hiking in the clouds for a few hours so we couldn’t see Mt Hood, but absolutely beautiful scenery. The water crossings were easier than many suggest. Yes, you need to be careful at one, but look around and you’ll find a spot. Camp site is stunning. We went to the second one out of the three areas and it is closer to river. I could see in high water times that it could be swampy though. Excellent hike, glad we came!
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    An absolutely amazing hike. The falls, river, mountain truly showed their beauty. Went as far as we could due to crummy conditions. Just shy of making it all the way. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a hike to challenge themselves with miles. Elevation gain was not bad all. Beware of numerous fallen trees in the path. Some junction signs are in need of replacement and could be deceptive to hikers not familiar with the are.
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    10 months ago
    Parking has only room for two at the trailhead and will require you to back up or backdown as turning around is tough, so turnaround and park at the wide portion of of the one lane road. Difficult climb (up, up and up) but you are rewarded by a phenomenal view of Mt Hood off the trail (Mt Adams though trees as well) as you make your way to the old lookout on West Zigzag. View is southern, down to Hwy 26 and back towards the west.
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    Hiked up to Bald Mtn from Lolo Pass, east on the Timberline a couple of miles and then back down McGee Creek Trail. While likely not the best season for this hike, it was a beautiful forested hike with great views. The trail was in good shape and easy grade. There are many huckleberry bushes, so a late summer hike might find these fruiting. Due to clouds, our view of the Mt Hood peak was blocked.
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    1 year ago
    Able to all of the nearby Peaks given the clear skies, there were people but not a ton and not everyone hit the top due some snow.
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    1 year ago
    A historic trail. Trail head begins at Timberline Lodge. Trail takes you around the mountain for 57 miles at the 6,000 foot level in Wilderness country
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    I’d rate this 4.5 if I could. Parking at Timberline lodge was easy. There were many hikers on the trail. If you use All Trails for trail discovery and research—it’s very good for that—their info is way off, as usual. This particular hike is not yet listed in Gaia (not sure why, it’s a popular hike). I used two GPS devices and measured approximately 13 miles (not including long walk from and to the parking lot). And, measured ~3,100 ft elevation gain. Also, this hike is not that hard, don’t be intimated by the All Trails description. I’ve done hard trails before, and this is not hard. On a difficulty scale of 5, I’d rate it 3.5 due only to length and moderate elevation gain. This definitely is not an easy hike, but it’s also not hard. There are some muddy, slippery spots, some steep drop offs, and one creek/river crossing that may challenge some people—my balance isn’t great, but with the help of hiking poles, I made it across both times with little problem and without taking off shoes. Overall, this is a great hike, very scenic. I’m a fairly fast hiker, it took me about 4.5 hours, and I stopped multiple times for pics and several times for water and food. If you’re concerned with the distance or elevation gain, start early and give yourself plenty of time. It’s worth it!
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Quintessential PNW beauty. Walked along the PCT right below the timber line, then looped around above the trees thru Paradise Valley - an area of alpine meadows full of spectacular wildflowers. Waterfalls and creek crossings so there’s available water. Challenging in distance but overall not too difficult.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Timberline to Paradise park
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    Great views and exercise!
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    The snow melted earlier than usual and our hike 7-22 was just after most of the snow was gone. The flowers were in full bloom with meadows filled with Alpine lilies, lupine, paint brush and at least 30 different types of flowers. Good patches of tiger lilies and Washington lilies. The trails were clear and with a sunny day the views were excellent.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    Beautiful hike. Started at LoLo Pass. One draw back was the potty stop on the woods across from the trailhead was full of paper. Please if you must use paper put it in a zip lock bag and deal with it appropriately.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    This was a good time to go as the snow was almost gone and wildflowers were in full bloom. The trails were in good shape as well.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    A trail that does not see a lot of use. It’s a long uphill climb under trees, with a view of Mt Hood on an open slope just beyond 5 miles. Continue on to Cast Lake for camping or to the East Zigzag peak for great views.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    It was cloudy out, but still a very enjoyable hike. The beginning of the trail was wide with a park like vibe. As we climbed to the lake the trail crossed many small streams in forest and meadow settings. There were a few muddy areas, but they were easily crossed by rock hopping. Near the first large stream crossing we met a backpacker (with a shotgun strapped to the top of his pack!) that warned us of a bear in the area moving upstream. No sign of a bear, but we were on high alert through the area. Burnt Lake itself was wrapped in low clouds that obscured Mt. Hood when we arrived and we chose to push on to the top of East Zi-Zag for our lunch break. The climb went by quickly with views opening up at the saddle near the summit. To treat ourselves for the climb we enjoyed cups of rosé and cold(-ish) pizza in the clouds. The way back down was mostly uneventful, but still enjoyable.
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