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Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.

on Ramona Falls Trail

15 hours ago

I'd rate this trail as moderate, mostly because once you cross the river the trail is uphill until the falls. I had trouble finding the trail after I crossed the river but eventually found it. I went up the right side of the Ramona falls loop and came back on the left side by the river, which was a much nicer hike. I would have gone that way but ended up too far up on the trail when I crossed the river. Must cross the river on logs, unless you have waterproof boots then it's pretty easily accessible right now. Hiked yesterday 9/23 and no smoke. Beautiful day! I would have been hesitant to cross if the water was high. Was lucky enough to have the falls to myself! Got there around 7:20 (Saturday) and plenty of parking. Lot was full when I was leaving around 11:30am.

Lush green well-marked trail. Beautiful old-growth trees, and most of the trail runs parallel to the river. Use caution if it’s raining as there are quite a few areas for potential slides. The trail has a few spots where it is quite narrow with very steep drop offs. A lot of “pit run” rock is used on the path, so definitely wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Pup Creek Falls is your reward- absolutely beautiful!

1 day ago

More like a moderate hike, in my opinion. More like 7 miles RT and about 1400-1600 ft elevation. It was a bit chilly at night, but conditions were otherwise great.

For a nice hike during the day, or a quick backpack trip (like we did), Burnt Lake is scenic, mystical and very very pretty. I was blown away by the teal colored moss that covers the trees on the way up, and by the serenity of the lake.

Definitely would do it again to sit on the ridge line with the view of the top of Mt. Hood. Steep and hard at first but what a sense of accomplishment when you finish! Nice short, tough hike for the morning where you still have time for lunch with friends when you are done !!!

Meh not impressed with this hike the waterfall is cool though enjoy


3 days ago

We hiked this trail on a rainy day so no views. It was very confusing as the trails were not marked well. It was a nice woodsy trail and few bikers on it probably due to the rain.

Other than parking (I swear there is only about 7 parking spots at the trail head), this was really a wonderful hike. The hike up to the lake is switchbacks all the way up, but the loop around the lake is so wonderful. Because of the smoke from the wildfires, Mt Hood view was mostly obscured, but I imagined the beauty of the view on a clear day. The trail is very wide and well packed. We had some friends that wanted more of a strenuous hike and distance so they continued on to Tom Dick & Harry Mountain and they were not disappointed. We had to park about a mile away at Ski Bowl and that walk up the hill next to the highway was awful. Overall every enjoyable hike.

Great trail, beautiful waterfall! Not too crowded!