Hike to Ramona Falls

7 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Ramona Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Mike Hathenbruck

Seven mile roundtrip hike through plush green forests and sandy river "beaches", and relatively little elevation gain, ~1000'Great view of Mount Hood near the Sandy River. Ramona Falls trail is a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Amazing photo opportunities. Tons of other hikes in the area.

I'd been wanting to do this hike for quite a while, and when I found work taking me to Portland, I made my return trip through the Mt. Hood wilderness area. I started this Hike from the Ramona Falls trailhead, which is the most popular starting point. The easiest way to find the trailhead, is to type "Zig Zag Ranger Station" into a maps app. The turn off (Lolo Pass Road) is pretty much directly north from the ranger station, where you can stop to buy your wilderness pass...I believe it was $5.

Once on Lolo Pass Road, the trailhead is incredibly easy to find, with signs directing you at every turn. After you're parked, loaded up, and are on the trail, about a few hundred yards up, you'll have to stop and fill out a wilderness pass...there were actually two rangers there when I arrived, to assist anyone who had questions. Now for the fun part...this hike was arguably the most rewarding hike I've ever done. There are a few areas with no tree cover, you almost feel like you're in a desert, and you'll consume most of your water in these areas. As for the rest of the trail, you're in dense tree cover. The temperature cools off dramatically, and you're gifted a little stream that runs along a good portion of the trail. This stream has many small waterfalls...I'm not sure about you, but I love listening to water flow down a mountain. After about 3.5 miles, you'll reach the falls, and any grimacing that may be on your face will instantly disappear.

For Photographers: I almost didn't make it to the falls because I kept stopping to take pictures of all the mini falls, mossy rocks, green forests with spotted light, Hood, and the water soaked rock faces. I did this hike in harsh light, around noon, but that was a bonus in the tree cover. The light wasn't very optimal when I reached Ramona Falls, though. The top part of the falls super bright, while the bottom portion was in shadow...Nothing multiple exposures won't fix. All in all, very scenic!

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Photography
Hiking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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7 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Ramona Falls/PCT

Superb

Kevin Li

over 3 years ago

Long, but pet friendly

This hike was a tad bit too long for a waterfall that didn't impress me as much. However, it's nice that there are a lot of adventurers who bring their dogs with them and I can tell those little furry friends love it here. You might want to check out Panther Creek Falls instead if you don't plan on spending over 3 - 4 hours here.

Stunning Hike - Risky Crossing

The whole trail was incredibly beautiful, especially the North fork that followed a small stream and volcanic cliff. We hiked in mid-May and the flowers were just starting to bloom. The falls itself is massive and stunning, and the surrounding forest is very picturesque. The log crossing options are fairly stable but still quite risky, not something I would try if there was heavy rain, ice, or major snowmelt. People have died here so be careful.