This was my first time doing this hike. It was a good work out. I did the loop, which was good. It made coming back down easier on the feet and knees. I would do it again. Get there early if your going in the summer on a weekend. It's a very popular trail. I managed to get my ass on the road at 5:30am and started the hike shortly after 6:30am. There was only one other car in the parking lot when I arrived. When I came back, the lot was full.I brought my DSLR and took lots of pictures...hence my hike time was longer than usual. The photos in this post are from my phone though. The view at the official summit was kind of crappy, but there were other spots with excellent vantage points.
This is a good hike if your looking to stick close to Portland. It provides a great view of the St. John's Bridge at one point. Of course, I didn't snap a photo there. Doh! On this day, it was very rainy, so there weren't too many people. I'm sure it's a popular trail when the weather is nice. There are a lot of other trails in Forest Park that tie into this hike. Go explore!
Nasty day for a hike, but the view at the end was great! Should've taken more photos, but it was raining heavily. The trail was super muddy with many parts having flowing water across the surface. Definitely need a good pair of boots this time of year. Want to head back in the summer.
Great place to explore with some amazing views of the Northern Oregon Coast. Lots of overgrown areas. Get off the main trail though to find some good photo points. Be careful with your footing. Some sketchy areas.
A popular hike that is not far from Portland. Best to do during the week, otherwise it gets pretty crowded. Like most hikes in the Columbia Gorge, it does not disappoint. The hike also ties into other trails, such as Devil's Rest. I've hiked this a lot, as it is an easy drive and doesn't take too long to complete. A great weekday escape.