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Tamolitch Pool Trail

Cascadia, OR

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This short portion of the McKentrail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool. Beginning of this easy hike is through old growth Douglas fir forest. As the McKenzie river falls away you walk along the cliff. Eventually you come upon an old lava flow.

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Little Belknap
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

GREAT trail, we ended at the Dee Wright Observatory which is quite a pit-stop. Don't recommend bring the pup. Do bring a good and sturdy pair of shoes and a hat and sunblock, especially if it will be sunny/hot.

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Suttle Lake Loop
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31 Completed 3 Reviews

We did this fairly early in the day on our way home back to the coast from Sisters. It was a very pleasant and quiet walk in Oct. Because it was late in the season there were very few people around. Lots of mergansers though. It is definitely not 6 miles as stated.

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Suttle Lake Loop
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31 Completed 3 Reviews

We did this fairly early in the day on our way home back to the coast from Sisters. It was a very pleasant and quiet walk in Oct. Because it was late in the season there were very few people around. Lots of mergansers though. It is definitely not 6 miles as stated.

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Matthieu Lakes
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13 Completed 9 Reviews

A long-ish day hike on a cloudless Saturday in October. Easy parking at the Lava camp area, right at the trail-head. (trail #4060 "Lava Camp LK"). This quickly leads to the PCT Trail #2000 (or "PCNST" on the signs). After about .75miles on the PC(NS)T the North Matthieu Lake Trail (Trail #4602) continues on the right, staying close to the lava flow wall. Both lakes were quiet and deserted when I reached them at about 9:30 AM (the North lake had quite a few campers getting ready for the night when I returned to them at 4:00 PM). The North lake has 7 designated camp sites; the South lake (smaller and more exposed) has only 3. Shortly before reaching the South Matthieu Lake, the trail merges back with the PCT. Since I had visited both lakes early in the morning I continued on the PCT first to skirt the Yapoah Crater and then on to a scramble up Collier Cone. The views (especially to the North) between South Matthieu lake and Collier Cone are stunning. The strenuous climb to the lip of Collier Cone is well rewarded by up-close views of North Sister, the Collier Glacier down Middle Sister and finally, to the right, Little Brother. This hike made for a long day (starting at 8:30am and returning at 4:30pm) ... but it was well worth every step. I gave 5 starts to the whole hike; maybe 4 or 4.5 just getting to the two lakes

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Little Belknap
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12 Completed 1 Reviews

Great views! Do NOT take your dogs! Their paws will give out on their way back (terrain is too harsh). You may have to carry your dog back. We did. Wear good shoes too! It is totally worth it to get to the top. Don't give up.

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Squaw Creek Falls
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33 Completed 8 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful! Really easy hike to get to the base of the falls. You can scramble up the rocks on the left side of the falls and go to the top where you have incredible views all around and complete solitude as there is no trail so there is never anyone up there.

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Black Crater Trail
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13 Completed 1 Reviews

My sister and I did this hike in July of last year. The views were superb throughout the entire trail. There were lots of fallen trees over the trgail, but the hike was well worth it. I would recommend this trail to anyone.

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Black Crater Trail
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13 Completed 9 Reviews

I went up to black crater on a cloudy and windy August day. I had to play hide-and-seek with the low clouds to experience some of the amazing views; I was alone at the summit for about 45mn and could take shelter from the westerly winds in the alcoves both knolls provide at the top (assuming the direction of the wind is right :-) ). Waiting for breaks in the fast moving clouds to see North Sister reveal itself could have been frustrating; it turned out to be quite a magical experience instead. Now.. I would not mind going back on a bright and sunny day... and I will.
I started around 9AM and (as mentioned above) got the summit for myself until I started back down around noon, at which time a small crowd was forming at the top. All said and done, by the time I reached the parking lot, I had crossed path with an estimated 50 hikers going up.

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Tam McArthur Rim
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49 Completed 5 Reviews

Great day hike, beautiful views the whole way. Although there are several steep grades along the way, overall, it's a fairly easy trek. Go early and avoid the crowds, as this is a popular hike.

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Black Crater Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

I did this hike on a nice day in July. The trail wasn't too difficult, but look out for a lot of downed trees that make it a little harder to find the trail. Also, when we went there was a pretty good amount of snow, which made it difficult to stay on trail at the top.

Amazing views though! Totally recommend this.

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