An east coast transplant exploring the wild and wonderful PNW ⇞

Amazing views of lots of peaks!

We did this hike on November 10 and there was no snow on the trail yet. It was definitely an uphill climb, but nothing too strenuous. It was a clear day so we could see North, Middle and South Sisters, Mount Bachelor, Broken Top, Three Fingered Jack and Mount Washington. We only saw a few other people and the lake at the trailhead is beautiful and probably great for swimming in the summer. Highly recommend this hike if you're ever in the Bend area!

Beautiful views!

This is an amazing hike with amazing views of the Pacific, Hart's Cove and Chitwood Falls. We heard seals barking for a majority of our hike which was also very cool. The dense, old forest was also very peaceful. A few notes: 1. The directions are really weird to the trailhead. Just be sure that when the forest road splits, you stay to the left and continue to the end of the road. Our GPS showed us off course but we made it to the correct destination. 2. My Apple Watch clocked 5.9 miles from start to finish, and that didn't include how much we were walking around down at the base of the meadow. Additionally, my elevation gain was clocked in at 1,328 feet. I'm not sure if this review includes the hike from the top of the meadow to the base where you can view the cove, but my miles/elevation was way off and is usually pretty accurate. 3. The last creek crossing must be done on foot through the water, the bridge washed out at some point and you can see it a little bit further down the creek. I was in waterproof boots so I was fine but if you don't have waterproof shoes you'll just have to be really careful with how you get across the water.

Beautiful Area

We drove up to Artist Point in late September and the views were absolutely incredible (espeically of Shuksan and Baker). You do not need a four wheel drive car to access the area as the roads are paved all the way to the top. There are bathrooms, a huge parking lot and lots of hiking trails entering and leaving the area. All ages and fitness levels welcome, just choose what trails are best for you.

Stunning

Easily one of my favorite overnight trips to date. The hike quickly takes you uphill (slightly strenuous, but overall easy) so just give yourself time to recover when you need it. The views are INCREDIBLE. We went in mid September and the temperatures quickly dropped into the mid twenties at night but we were well prepared with our winter gear.

Easy and Beautiful

A great place to see some amazing views for all ages and activity levels. You can also find pit toilets and a covered picnic area. A must-do if you're traveling through the park!

AMAZING

So, my boyfriend and I didn't dive, we just snorkeled but it was absolutely amazing (and cheaper). The water is crystal clear, freezing and beautiful. Be sure to bring a GoPro or waterproof housing for your camera because you're going to want to capture the clarity of the water. It was easily one of the best things we did while in Iceland (we went at the end of September).

Gorgeous Hike

I don't want to say this is a hidden gem because it's actually on the well-travel Appalachian Trail, but I am so surprised more people don't do this hike regularly. The hike along the river at the beginning was so peaceful and easy, if nothing else you could go and swim! The uphill switchbacks (20+ switchbacks to be precise) were hard but the view at the top is worth it. Seeing the James River wind through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a gorgeous sight. Highly recommend this hike!

Beautiful, but can be crowded

This is a wonderful backpacking trip espeically if you're with people who are backpacking for the first time! Easy route with endless views and the wild ponies make it an especially unique experience. However, if you hike out late on a weekend, be prepare for crowded parking lots and not finding a great campsite. I advise leaving early!

Great hike

Although this adventure is labeled as "Winter Hike," it can be done year round and we did it in the fall... it was amazing! Easy hike too if you are in shape and there are not too many people (keep in mind this means 40-60 people but that's not very much for Iceland). I'd recommend doing this hike early in the morning to have some more solitude!

Amazing

Literally one of the most amazing waterfalls I've ever been to. The top waterfall is obviously most impressive but what's so cool is there are so many more waterfalls that cascade down the side of the cliff out into the beautiful ocean. Once at the top, don't forget to turn around and enjoy the view! Highly recommend!!

Added Coordinates to Parking Area

To the review below- The road to the trailhead is a worn-out, back road and you really need coordinates to find it. However if you do decide to follow google maps to upper crabtree falls be warned that you will be hiking thrice as long (as stated below, it'll be 11-12 miles instead of 4). The exact coordinates to the parking area are: 37.824215, -79.082182 Happy trails!

You have to do it

We knew we had to see this lake so we left pretty early in the morning to get there. Even with some pretty heavy smog from forest fires and the fact that it was early there were still a ton of people at the overlook. At around 8am the first tour bus arrived and we left then. Gorgeous lake and worth waiting in any line to get a glimpse and picture!

Get there early

This lake quickly becomes crowded and for good reason. The lake is eerily still in the morning hours making it a perfect mirror. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes but it was worth it. In July the shores were dotted with tons of wildflowers too and if you're lucky you'll see some wildlife.

Amazing area

Unless you have a campground reservation or lodge reservation you'll have to hike in the 11km to the lake itself before you can start exploring (which is what we had to do) but every km was worth it. The entire area is unlike anything else we experienced in Yoho and the hike up Opabin Pass to the overlook was my favorite part. We were fortunate enough to catch the bus back out ($10 CAD per person) but if they can't fit you on the bus you'll have to hike. But the area is worth every step! GO!!

Gorgeous Lake

I didn't canoe the lake but we did explore around it and it really is the prettiest emerald color. When we were there there were tour buses full of people and it was SO crowded, be sure to go early in the morning or later at night!

How are not more people here?

I did this hike in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday and there were only a handful of other people on the trail. It was overcast but the color of the river was bright, bright blue. The falls are gorgeous and if you don't mind stripping off your socks and boots you should wade across the shallow river to the island in the center. Awesome hike! Awesome waterfall!

Gorgeous waterfalls!

Takakkaw Falls is a gorgeous waterfall and when we went in July it was fully flowing from the glacier runoff! Definitely recommend exploring this whole area.

If nothing else, do THIS hike

After spending a lot of time in Banff, Jasper and Yoho this was hands down my favorite hike I did. Takakkaw Falls is amazing and you get to see it from below and above it you park at the base of the falls (which I recommend). The initial climb is steep with a ton of switchbacks but once you pop up above the treeline you'll be tripping over your own feet because you won't be able to look down. I also suggest doing the quick side trail to Hidden Lake on the way up. This is my favorite hike I've ever done!!

Amazing hike!

This hike was recommended by multiple people and we ended up doing it as a quick day hike. Start EARLY to beat the crowds (although the crowds aren't bad compared to other hikes because of the mileage). Be prepared to spend at least an hour at the lake soaking up the beauty. Also - the color of the lake really is vivid and so unreal in person. I recommend hiking the extra half mile (mile round trip) out to the red rock outcrop as well. Also a great hike to catch wildlife, especially on a quiet morning!

Great Hike!

So I did a different version of this hike and it was only about a mile long from the parking are at MP 302 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Short but sweet, I did this hike on a day I was driving back home; I took the BRP and stopped for a little to hike up to the summit right after sunrise. The views are incredible and the rock you can sit on makes you look like you're hanging off the edge of the world (you're not, it's quite safe). Overall I recommend this hike!

Such a fun hike and beautiful waterfall

The hike is easy and short but super cool since you're hiking up the gorge. You'll have a few river crossings and make sure to bring your bathing suit in the summer! However, go early because it can definitely get crowded with families, couples and dogs.

One of my favorite waterfalls I've ever been to...

This waterfall is incredibly unique and so beautiful. It's a super short hike to the main falls and we brought lunch to eat on the big rocks below. You can hike a few miles down the trail and the water is much calmer, you'll find more waterfalls and a swimming spot!

Would have been better but...

... the trail to the lower falls was closed when we visited. I don't want to give it a lower review because the main waterfall looks AMAZING, but check the State Park's website to make sure the lower falls is open before you go. Other waterfalls are pretty too.

Pretty waterfall

Really pretty waterfalls up an easy trail. Also a great spot for fly fishing! Best after some good rainfall.