Ramona Falls Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rhododendron, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hiking a lollipop-loop trail on the base of Mt. Hood from Sandy River to gorgeous Ramona Falls and back. Ramona Falls drops 120 feet, cascading and splitting into ever smaller fingers of water broken up by the hexagonal columns of basalt at the base of the cliff. The trail is relatively easy for this region, but the 1100 feet of elevation gain could require plenty of rest stops for those not used to hiking in the mountains. Speed hikers could probably finish the trail in about 2.5 hours, but you'll want to spend some time at the falls and enjoy scenery along the way, so plan 4-6 hours. The south leg of the loop to the falls is less scenic and bogs down with sand in a few spots, but it's still an enjoyable, well maintained trail with some nice views on the way to the falls. After the falls, the return trip on the north leg is wonderful, following the lush, green path of Ramona Creek and skirting towering cliffs before veering south to head back towards the trailhead.
Absolutely a true Oregon experience. The trail is around 8.2- 9 miles not 6.6. Moderate to easy hike, 1200 elevation. We finished it in 3 hours. Had concern about the muddy trails because 2 days prior it was heavily rained but the trails was not slippery. The only challenge was a way to cross the river. It was too cold for us to get in the river so my husband walked over a log and I (the CHICKEN!) butt crawled over a log. Very serene walk. We completed it on 10/11/2016.
wet crossing. following the trail isn't as clear once you cross but it is there.
Beautiful scenery all the way to the falls, which are stunning
This trail is worth the effort. Ramona Falls is stunning. I loved mingling with the PCT hikers and getting to experience part of the PCT itself.
A beautiful hike along a mossy old growth forested trail. There is a nice spot to eat lunch while looking at the falls. Lovely!! The trail is a but challenging once you cross the river, and it is hard to find where it links up again. All I can say is that once you cross the river on the big logs, head in the direction of left-back down the river and you will find the trail.
Amazing and beautiful
When you cross the log it's easy to get off the trail. Make sure to go left and it will take you to the path.
Get there early to avoid crowds. Nice hike about 120 floors up. Skeptical about being "enchanting" on the loop back, but it was. No bridge to cross river, that was a bit nerve racking for me personally, but I'm sure it's easy for some
A very peaceful hike. The hike was pretty easy with a little incline to the waterfall. The clearing for waterfall was magical. Some hikers had set up a hammock between trees and were reading, pretty amazing. There were a good amount of people on the trail in the middle of July but not super crowded. You do have to cross over the Sandy River by crawling over fallen trees but that was fun!
BEAUTIFUL! Its actually 7.5 miles if you do the loop. Crossing the river via a log is a little tricky. Later the day, higher the water! At the intersection, taking the trail to the left instead of right takes you past beautiful Ramona Creek. Its like a fairyland!
GORGEOUS views!!! A little confusing after crossing the river (no bridge) but once you're back on the trail it's easy to follow! Stunning views of Mt. Hood, the river, a stream, and of course Ramona Falls! Hands down my favorite hike of the trip. Took us about 3:20 and we finished @ about 8.5 miles.
Ramona falls are breath taking, well worth Crossing the log jam to get there.