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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.

backpacking
8 hours ago

the first half of the trail is beautiful and we'll maintained. I saw no one after the first five miles or so. however the second half of the loop clearly has not been maintained in the last 10 years or so. you will be pushing through dense brush for a few miles. both of my water bottles were pulled from my pack at different times by branches. there are also very few places to camp after the 9 mile Mark. however there are ample opportunities to refill your water bottles. I likely wouldnt do the full trail as described on this trail.

Good legs workout to the tower, from pansy lake. A dozen or so trees across the trail. Bugs. Gorgeous view at the top.

This trail has so many rocks. The rocks not sturdy. It’s actually a 10 miles hike. Not 7...... so many rocks! Wear sturdy shoes! It’s a long hike. BUT.... the waterfall is amazing! Beautiful!

A portion of the trail was closed due to construction. In June 2018. We followed others around the closed part and enjoyed the views. There were a lot of people fishing and swimming who appeared to be have a blast. Be sure to check availability for camping before you go. It was completely filled that week.

We made it he hike fairly easily. The falls are worth every step. Once there you must go behind your he fall and experience this with a nice lunch.

Awesome views, on the easy side of moderate. Crossing the creek is somewhat difficult, but there are many logs to cross on.

The roughest part about this trail is the bumpy road getting to it. The trail is wide and easy to traverse. The little meadows are nice, with lots of flowers and bugs(depending on the season). The view is stunning, arguably better than Flag Point. You can get to Fret Creek and even Flag Point if you take the Divide trail this trail connects to. Definitely check this out sometime.

the bridge is washed out and I wouldn't recommend taking dogs. unless they can walk across trees to cross the water.

hiking
2 days ago

Went on Tuesday, July 10th and it was overcast all morning. I got on the trail at 7am and walked 5 miles in. Mostly shade, easy incline, wildflowers, streams almost all dry. My dog and I didn’t see anyone for the 4.5 hours we were out there. Next time I’ll go the entire way. I’ll go back again. It’s not a hard hike.

Great hike. Puts you in at The Elk Meadows trailhead then connects you to this trail. Don’t forget to walk back to where the trail turns off to Sahalie Falls trail. The first half is harder than the second, so after the payoff of the gorgeous falls, it’s a pleasant hike. Would do again.

This is a great hike if the road is closed to Cloud Cap. If the road is open, and you don't mind the abuse to your car, I'd drive up and spend more time exploring higher up.
Start early, it's worth it!

Great view! A bit of walking in the trees but ends with a perfect view worth the walk.

on Ramona Falls Trail

hiking
3 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The waterfall more than makes up for the almost constant uphill approach.
It seems like everyone prefers Ramona Falls trail #797 over PCT especially on the approach. The problem is the signage on the trail. At the 3-way junction where the loop part starts (about a mile from the parking lot and after you cross the river) we thought we were going on Ramona Falls Trail if we go straight because the arrows were pointing that way. Not so. You have to turn left. I've uploaded a few pics of the junction and the signage.

On the border of easy to moderate but very pretty hike!

hiking
4 days ago

awesome hike, pretty views.. i would say the more on the easy side of moderate. only challenge is crossing the river but it’s low enough right now it wasn’t an issue.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked 7/8/18. Very crowded up to Ramona Falls, but then cleared out with only a few seen. Went through an amazing series of meadows full of avalanche lillies. Most of the hike was in the woods with little visibility of landscape but last mile it breaks open into meadows and views of St Helen’s, Adams, Rainier, and of course Hood’s peak another 4000 or feet up. The trail just sort of petered out at the top, hidden still in some snow fields, so we didn’t track all the way to the end of AllTrails’ map line. Legs were smoked by the end of our 19.3 mile trek, and I would allow full day with lots of water. I give it four stars because or the sheer amount of work required through woods before finally getting payoff at the end.

What an epic hike! The views are unreal as long as you don’t mind a constant incline

Gorgeous- that is the only word i can say. Worth it to go.

Great hike! We chose the easier way to the left. We logged 8.7 miles with this app. It took us right around 3 hours. The only off trail spur we went on was the one to lookout tower. That couldn’t have been more that a half mile. Next time we will try the more difficult way to the right. So beautiful!

We’re new to hiking and took our girls (7 & 9). They were starting to moan a bit towards the top, but once they saw the waterfall all complaining stopped. There is one part closer to the falls where I think some rocks fell so they are directing everyone to a lower path. When trying to get back up to the main path it was steep and the dirt was very loose which was challenging with younger kids. Overall, the falls make it all worth it.

backpacking
5 days ago

Well worth the climb! Beautiful sweeping vista views of the foothills of Mt. Hood, as well as the Cascades to the North! Sunsets are magnificent from this viewpoint! Little tough on the legs, but that keeps the majority of the crowds away.

I don’t know where google took us, but it wasn’t to the right trail. We walked 2.5 miles total and could only hear the waterfall. Kinda bummed. Woulda been nice to see it. Hopefully I’ll be in the area again and can find the correct trail.

Nice trail! Well maintained and for as busy as we expected it to be based on the cars we didn’t really run into to many people on the trail. The lake was not what I would call a mirror but is was about noon and there were plenty of people enjoying the water. I’d love to do this again in the winter with snowshoes.

Very pretty, short trail to a nice waterfall.

Rough road going in for sure. Fantastic easy hike. Somewhat steep entry but not too bad , levels out and then descent down to lake. All super doable. Beautiful views of Hood. Again, road is rough jagged rocks in narrow road. All wheel drive preferred.

Nice hike with Mt Hood Views. I started this hike at 8:45am on a Sunday and only saw a few backpackers on their way out on my way to the lake. The trail is well maintained and easy for the first 2/3. Site C has great views of Mt Hood, but I heard from some campers that the mosquitos are terrible right now. I passed many people on my way out and there were cars all along the road so go early to avoid crowds.

The majority of this hike is in the forest but you’ll reach a clearing about 8.5 miles in with amazing views of Mt. Hood. As you continue along the trail you’ll also enjoy views of Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. The payoff is well worth the long distance. Start early to beat the crowds headed to Ramona Falls.

Highly recommend this hike! Elevation gain wasn’t too bad, the views of Mt. Hood were incredible! Not highly trafficked, there was a little traffic at the 4 trail junction but not terrible. The 4 trail junction was a little tricky but there is a large map that shows you the way. Great trail, I will definitely do again!

Access road is closed so it’s a five mile walk to the trailhead. Tons of fallen trees and debris blocking the trail and it’s difficult to identify and navigate. However, if you commit to the climb there are some amazing springs and meadows with beautiful wildflowers and epic views of Mt Adams. About a 12 hour round trip so make sure you pack plenty of water and/filter. There is access to water via springs. This could be an amazing hike if they cleared the trails. It was still worth it nonetheless.

Great trail! Just make sure to pick up a Day recreational pass from the store before the salmon river turn-off. Well worth the drive!

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