Ramona Falls Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Note: As of October 2020, there is no vehicular access to this trailhead. The gate at the Sandy River is closed, adding 3.5 miles roundtrip to this hike. Also, although the trail is technically open, there are many downed trees, making much of the trail impassable. Crews are working to clear the trees. See the park website for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53460 Vehicular access to this trail closes seasonally from December 1st- April 1st. Please check with the park prior to your visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices This lollipop-loop trail begins at the base of Mt. Hood from Sandy River up to a 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 elevation gain could require plenty of rest stops for those not used to hiking in the mountains. 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. There is no longer a bridge to cross, so please use caution when crossing the logs.

A critical, temporary bridge early in the trail is removed each winter, so don't try this hike during winter. Be sure to get a National Forest Recreation Pass ($5.00) or one of the various annual passes that cover the area.

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Mason Wordell
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HikingGreat!

Did this a while back (August) and loved it!!

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Jesse Charlestream
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RunningPrivate property

I stubbed my toe on an exposed root on this trail. I whimpered my way back to my car. So glad I had my $300 puffy jacket or else I would’ve had to radio for help.

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bryan alexander
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HikingGreat!

Currently no snow on the trail (nor the road). It's cleared of fallen logs and very serviceable. Crossing is a little iffy, especially with a pup.

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Karthik Periagaram
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

The road from the Sandy River bridge to the Ramona Falls Trailhead is closed, adding 4 km/2.5 mi each way. The fording across the Sandy River is doable across tree trunks/logs lying across the river. Be aware the river is swift flowing and the current is strong. The trail to the falls is cleared of fallen trees and is in pretty good condition. Nothing worse than a few patches of snow. The falls are lovely. The return loop, however, has not been cleared of fallen trees and quickly became impassable after about 3 km/2 mi from the falls. The views of the basalt cliff faces glimpsed through trees along the return loop are pretty, though. Recommend treating this as an out-and-back and not a lollipop route for the time being.

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M Mystic
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HikingGreat!IcyScrambleSnow

Had to start the hike where the road was closed. Snow and slush all the way from there. Beautiful hike, but much more taxing than I anticipated due the icy snow. Crossing the River wasn’t that bad. Falls were beautiful. I tried taking the return loop after passing the falls. Big mistake! The trail became impassible about a mile down the loop. Tried scrambling through the downed trees and almost lost the trail in both directions. Thankfully I found my tracks in the snow and circled back past the falls. The return loop was beautiful while it lasted.

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Roxsee Huff
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HikingGreat!

logs were there and were great!

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Jessica Escalona
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HikingGreat!

Hiked it today and it was gorgeous! Parked at the gate and had to walk a little extra but totally worth it. It seems like the park services cleared the trail so it is clear of trees as long as you stick to the trail along the river. Used hiking sticks to cross the river and did just fine! Snow in certain parts of the trail making it enjoy for the pup!

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Kati Waters
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If you want a winter hike challenge and adventure then you’ll love this hike. I would have waited until summer - the extra mileage from closed gate to trailhead start was a bummer. I did a total of 12.7 miles. Also crossing the river is sketchy! A bridge would have been helpful and most logs are icy. It took extra 20 minutes to find a “safe” spot to navigate across. But the views of the falls were totally worth it! Don’t forget your hiking poles - you’ll need them

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Ruth Carrica
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Chris Williamson
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Hiking

Forest road 1825 was closed as it branched from Muddy Fork Road, which added and additional 2 miles each way ( about 30 minutes). Crossing the Sandy River was a little sketchy without a bridge (hopped rocks one way and crossed on a log going back) but we stayed dry. The outward (south) part of the loop was clear of fallen logs and the snow was 6-8 inches in places. Falls were amazing. We tried coming back on the return (north) part of the loop, but as others have mentioned, the trail gets lost in all the scrambling over fallen trees.

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Shari T
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Courtney Mcrae-alston
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Trail was in pretty good shape. North side of falls loop has significant downed trees that you have to work around. Keep your map handy so you don't get confused. The signage is good, but there are several trails. The hike itself is fairly gentle, but hiking poles can definitely be helpful in crossing the river. Ramona Falls is gorgeous. There had been recent snowfall, so the woods were magical, but it was cold. Make sure you layer and are prepared for ice and snow, but there was only a dusting when we went. Beautiful hike. We were very happy we started at daybreak. We had the trail to ourselves until we were headed back.

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Nick Nick Johnson
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There are still a lot of trees down in parts. Looks like they’re working hard to clear them out though. The only really “impassable” parts are on the north part of the loop. As long as you don’t mind spending a little time navigating around and through fallen trees and branches it’s just fine. Overall this hike was around 12.5 miles for me with the ridge closed

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Roxsee Huff
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HikingBridge outGreat!

This was such a beautiful trail. Once across the river after you get up the hill, pay attention to the stones on the ground. They mark the path. Other than that, this trail is super easy to follow and not difficult at all other than the water crossing.

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Veronica Hopkins
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HikingBlowdown

The trail should not have been opened at all lol. About an eighth of the way through the fallen trees start and they DO NOT STOP from that point on. You can’t see/ find the trail at some points so it’s dangerous. The fallen trees are covering the bridges etc so had we had known it wouldn’t get better we would’ve absolutely turned around at the first fallen trees. Be prepped for a LOOOOONG hike and please be safe if you are going to attempt. It is really not safe at all.Since we went in mid October- please call before u go to see if they’ve done serious clean up of the trees otherwise I strongly caution you

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Jenny Bello
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HikingGreat!
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Rachel Adams-Heard
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HikingClosed

Bridge was closed today so had to turn around.

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Vilaysane Souriyavong
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HikingBlowdownBridge out

Lots of down trees across the trail, no bridge to cross the river but lots of trees to walk over. I would have rated much higher if there wasn't SO!!! any obstruction at every 30-40yrds. I only made it up to the loop; I would have given it a 5 stars rating for sure at a different condition.

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Stephanie Millspaugh
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This is usually one of my favorite trails . On 10/4 Sunday, 3 of us attempted this hike and were met with so many down trees we only made it 1.5 miles in before we had to turn around. There were 2 work crews making head away but it might be awhile before it’s completely clear.

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Mark Condo
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HikingBridge out

The road leading up to the trailhead is closed so prepare for an additional 3.5 miles of walking (round trip) to get to the trail!

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Sarah Carpenter
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HikingBlowdownOff trail

Don’t hike the trail right now, and for some reason if you do don’t take the PCT loop back! There were trees down everywhere! At one point I didn’t think we were going to make it through. Wait until the trail it cleaned up! If you go the road is closed going up. With all the extra walking from the road being closed and fallen down trees we ended up walking 13.5miles But you’ll be hopping logs for about 2 or 3 miles. We took the dogs which again bad idea. Don’t take children either. Just wait find another hike don’t go this month.

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