The trail itself was really nice. We only saw a couple other people the entire time we were there. From the parking lot to the top of the trail where the viewpoint and "shrine" were was about a 1000ft elevation gain over a little over two miles. The trail itself was mostly shaded and kept fairly cool the entire time. A group of hikers were finishing just as we started and they were surprised that we were going to hike up the trail with a carrier and baby, but it wasn't too bad. Most of the hike is at a fairly decent incline, but manageable (although I wasn't the one carrying Harper). There were a few muddy patched from some recent rain and all the shade on the trail, but aside from the incline, the trail was well maintained.
The view from the top made the whole hike worth it. If only it had been a little clearer Pacific Northwest day, but the view of the valley was still gorgeous even if it was a bit overcast. There were quite a few bugs in the more damp shaded areas of the trail so I'd recommend either putting on or bringing some bug repellent with you for the hike.
The hike took us about two hours, but we stopped every now and then along the way. Plus I was definitely out of shape due to lack of hiking since before I was pregnant with Harper. Both Dan and I really enjoyed the quite and gorgeous trail but we were worn out by the time we made it back to the car. Clearly we weren't the only two worn out by the hike by the end of it! I had of course overpacked not knowing how Harper would handle her first hike, but she was a pro, and she even fell asleep on the way back down.
It was so nice to just get away from our busy weekend schedules for the morning and to spend some time just the three of us! I'm looking forward to taking advantage of some nice weather and our hiking pack and getting out to explore some more new trails around Oregon this summer!
Where are your favorite hiking spots in Oregon? I'd love any suggestions to help us keep our goal of making it outdoors more often this summer!