Ramona Falls Trail

MODERATE 444 reviews
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Ramona Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1056 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

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. Warning: there is no longer a bridge to cross - use caution when crossing the logs.

3 hours ago

This hike was a super beautiful hike. The views are amazing and the waterfall is definitely a sight to see. Just a heads up, know the skill level of the hikers in your group because there is a part where you have to cross a glacial run off and the bridge is not up yet. There are down logs that you can cross the run off but like I said know your skill level in your group. Other than that this hike was simply amazing and I highly recommend it to others.

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8 hours ago

This is a neat hike. I don't know if it was me, the day, or what but it just didn't leave me filling as accomplished. I did take my 4 year old on this, so I wasn't able to complete the entire loop. But we did get to see both the falls, and had some pretty cool adventures. It didn't help that it was extremely hot that day, and a lot of dust was up in the air. The heat, the dust, and a 4 year old, definitely impact the overall trip. In the end we had a lot of fun.!

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22 hours ago

Fun trail with several views on the way and at the end that were definitely worth it! The incline was not terribly noticeable most of the way. You do have to cross a river via logs. Also be aware you have to have the NW pass to park and the nearest place is miles from the start of the hike (you can buy online https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/passes-permits/recreation or at certain locations). Found this site helpful with trail tips: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53460

2 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed the hike to Ramona falls. It was a peaceful hike and took lot of pictures . The hike took us about 4 hours.

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6 days ago

Great trail. Everything is marked off very well and easy to stay on course. Even the directions to the TH from the city were great. Crossing the river was a little precarious along the log but manageable (8:00am in May). I always like to hike with a destination/reward and Ramona Falls does not disappoint. Took me about 3.5hrs from start to finish this solo hike.

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7 days ago

Beautiful hike following the Sandy river on the way up and a small meandering Ramona Creek on the way back. The falls are some of the most beautiful! Well maintained trails with lovely bridges and a fun diy river crossing over or through the Sandy.

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9 days ago

Gorgeous hike with breathtaking views. It was pretty easy with not much elevation gain, though it was a pretty long hike. Around the middle of the trail, there is an unmarked fork in the trail. If you want to see Ramona Falls, make sure you stay left. Also, there was no snow by the time I hiked it.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous, not too difficult other than crossing the river which was a fun challenge :)
Well worth it great easy day hike

12 days ago

Great trail. About a mile into it you’ll have to cross a relatively wide river. There is no bridge but sturdy logs you can use. It’s worth it!

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13 days ago

The river has a strong current when you ford the river. IF you can cross on the downed trees, I would do so. If you go too far downstream to cross the river, it can be difficult to find the trail in the sandy patch- there isn't a highly visible trail in that part. The rest of the trail is well marked and maintained

hiking
13 days ago

If you’re hiking with your dog be aware that the river is impassible with a dog. All the logs are too narrow for a dog to balance and river is running too fast to risk it. We turned back after only a mile.

16 days ago

Fun hike! Still some snow up there!

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20 days ago

Beautiful Waterfall. Great hike a little snow left on the ground but nothing serious at all. No bridge but there is a log crossing but be very careful because it could be a nasty fall.

21 days ago

Incredible falls!! We had everything from sun to rain to snow. No bridge over the water, so crossing wasn't much fun, but the view at the end was so worth it.

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23 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous. No snow for about 2 miles and then pretty much only snow up to the falls so definitely recommend a good pair of shoes (probably don't need crampons though...). Crossed the river around noon and it was pretty low tide but strong current. There are plenty of trees to cross with so just be mindful. Great hike though. Totally recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Quite a bit of snow, so hiking boots/snow boots are ideal footwear. Long hike, but falls were worth it!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Waterfalls are beautiful. Got a few peeks at Mt Hood. Took the northern path on the return, walked through shin deep snow mid April. Shoulda had our gators on with our waterproof boots :). Great hike all around.

hiking
1 month ago

LOVED this hike, but make sure you bring LOTS of water with you because it is such a hike! Went twice last summer and plan on going at least once every other week this summer =)

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2 months ago

Why not spend the night?
We went up in late September and no one was around by the time the sun when down. There are some awesome camp site along the Exposed Ridge area, about 1/2 mile away from the Falls, right next to Ramona Creek.
This is an easy hike, nice areas to camp, and only 75 mins from Portland. Great for a quick,late summer get away.

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3 months ago

The hike is easy except for a piece where you have to cross the water ... careful if you take a log ... I wasn’t and fell in! The falls are absolutely spectacular!

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3 months ago

Fantastic trail, the waterfall is well worth the hike! Be aware, during winter months the road is closed well before the trailhead. From our car, the entire loop was 14.5 miles, far longer than the advertised 6.9! Also, the river was fine to cross for us as we just scooted across some logs, would not recommend this trail to kids if you want to cross the river. Also, I would heavily recommend taking the loop and not just going out and back, both trails are very beautiful and have some different scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Bridge to trail is closed off. Adds 2 Miles to trailhead. (4 Miles to total trip).

5 months ago

I bet it’s gorgeous! Didn’t make it past the river though because the water levels were too high and the dogs wouldn’t have been able to cross safely. Also, FYI - the gate is closed now to enter so you have to park on the road and walk 2 miles in on the paved road. It’s a pretty walk but just adds to the mileage. I will be back again!

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5 months ago

Well worth the effort! This was an absolutely beautiful, peaceful and serene hike. Even in the driving wind and rain!

This is a very easy trail except for getting to the rivers and then crossing it. Looking around you can see the absolute power of this river in terms of its a erosion of the surrounding landscape. It is running very swiftly right now in late November. Before crossing I went as far as I could on what was probably a game trail on the right bank of the river looking for a better crossing or to see if I could hike to the falls through the thicket. On the right Bank beyond the main trail I had to go over and under some trees and through a thicket at one point and there is a smaller Creek that is time into the river that you have to cross. But it's an interesting little side venture. I turned back about a mile further up the river as progress was
becoming arduous.

It is about a mile to a mile and a half to where the creek has washed the path out if that is helpful at all.
To that point, about 2 ¼ miles roundtrip, any skill level can to the walk. And it is a very pretty walk.
There is some fluorescent tape on both sides of the creek where people traverse the river. but you're not just going to leap across it. You are going to get wet. If you're dressed right for it it's fun. If you're not it turns out to make it (I am sure) a miserable hike back.

FYI, no bathrooms, port-a-potty or outhouses so take care of business in advance.

hiking
5 months ago

Super fun, beautiful and adventurous hike. Crossing the river is a little bit challenging, but definitely doable. Our dog got really scared though and we had to carry him while walking on logs. I saw other people sitting and hopping forward with their dog in between their legs and some dogs were super brave and just walked over the logs themselves. This experience of crossing the Sandy river definitely added a bunch to the overall experience. I truly believe that fairies live near the trail and around the Ramona Falls. Everything is so gorgeous!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! The river is a little higher now so if you’re game for crossing on a fallen log then that’s about the only way you’ll stay dry. Otherwise there’s some parts where it’s only a couple of feet deep. Lost the trail coming back due to fallen trees and snow once it was time to cross again but just hug the river bank until you find the trail again and all will be good.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike on a rainy day- but that didn't lessen the hike at all. The autumn colors were beautiful, the falls were breathtaking, and the shimmy over the log "bridge" was fun. Definitely worth it.

6 months ago

majestic, fun walk with great payoff

6 months ago

Great trail in a beautiful day.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy walk with just a gradual incline that gets slightly steeper the closer you get to the falls. The water crossing is the only tricky thing about this one, but there were some newly fallen trees that I was able to cross over. Got here at dawn and only saw one other hiker who was trying to find a place to cross the water. Coming back a while later, many more people had arrived, though I think many of them probably stopped at the river.

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