This is a nice 3-day loop, with limited alpine views but many beautiful waterfalls. One issue is the lack of campsites: we camped the first night at the Eagle Creek Campsite right on the river, and two other parties came along soon after hoping to camp there too and had to find another place. And this was mid-week. We spent the second night at Dublin Lake, which was beautiful and the campsite was very nice (little stone chairs, ample dry wood for a fire). The trail is covered in posion oak and is very overgrown after 7.5 mile camp and then again after Big Cedar Camp, but these are the only two places we were REALLY frustrated. The other sections require some log hopping, and I would wear long pants to avoid scratches, but the only place we lost the trail was coming into Big Cedar Camp (if making the suggested loop (clockwise) stay west-north west when entering this area if you loose the trail...don't head down the stream, the trail goes above it). The scramble trail to the top of Tanner Butte is better maintained than the actual trail, and views of Mt. Adams, St. Helens and Mt. Hood are amazing on a clear day. 5,800 feet seems too high for the amount of climbing we did...I'd say the actual elevation gain is somewhere closer to 4,800-5,000 ft.