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Ramona Falls Trail

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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, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 980 feet Route Type: Loop

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

hiking
10 hours ago

This a rewarding hike! There is one log crossing over the Sandy River, other than that it an easy hike and the falls are worth the work! Do the loop, for sure. There is a beautiful brook on the return loop that is as enjoyable as the falls!!

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike, can see how crossing the river with a dog was a little difficult but other wise trail was pretty easy and flat. Not too crowded and water falls were lovely! Would definitely go back!

hiking
1 day ago

The best 7 mile hike you can imagine - and the parking lot is safe and the trailhead is a good starting point for other hikes/runs.

hiking
3 days ago

We took the upper trail both ways. Ramona creek was so lovely. The moss surrounding the creek was lush and thick. The shade was lovely. It was a pretty flat and even trail until the last mile. There were hundreds of butterflies down by the Sandy river when we went. The falls were beautiful. Not overly busy. If we came back, I think we would camp.

hiking
3 days ago

Moderate hike due to length more than inclination. Beautiful waterfalls at the end. First part of the loop is not that interesting (very dusty and rocky) but once you head back and take the second part of the loop, it gets really nice: the trail follows the Ramona falls stream and you get to see beautiful exposed cliffs. Definitely a very nice hike!

hiking
5 days ago

multiple ways to cross the river.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike and waterfall! Very serene. Very inconsiderate people blocked our car and other cars in the parking lot though. How hard is it to take two seconds and see that you’re blocking a car in and adjust accordingly? Apparently very difficult because we were one of six cars blocked. Park around the edges at the trailhead if you need to guarantee that you can get out when you return to the lot.

hiking
bridge out
5 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike this week. It was fun to cross the river (no bridge, trekking poles could be helpful for balance) with a striking view of Mount Hood in the background. The trail was moderate, not too steep at any points. Beautiful and relaxing hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike through the Mt Hood forest - the epitome of a PNW hike. Loved scrambling over a tree trunk to cross the river towards the beginning. Went on a very cloudy/rainy day, and unfortunately low-hanging clouds blocked views of Mt Hood. Had to wait out a few rain showers underneath trees. The payoff at the falls was fantastic, was glad we pushed through the weather to get there. Would recommend bringing a rain jacket and maybe some warm layers to throw on as you gain elevation - it was VERY cold at the falls even though it was June!

hiking
bridge out
6 days ago

I got to the trail about 8 30 and was the only car. unfortunately after crossing the river I veered upstream instead of continuing on to the ridge.. problem solved thanks to this app that told me I was off trail. the top section of the hike on both trails is fantastic.. the lower sections not so much.

hiking
10 days ago

Love this trail so much! So much to see... I will 100% do this hike again. Trailhead is easy to find with plenty of parking. Moderate rating definitely comes from the distance, this trail really only has a slight incline.

hiking
bridge out
11 days ago

Best hike we have done so far, so much to see! The only kinda hard part was crossing the river. It’s pretty fast moving so we didn’t want to let our dogs in the water so they had to cross the logs with us. Pack a lunch and eat at the falls it’s beautiful!

hiking
11 days ago

This was literally the perfect hike. It had an amazing array of scenery if you do the whole loop. It wasn’t hard at all. The only thing moderate about it was the length. The river crossing wasn’t bad at all! It did get chilly up there last night and we weren’t able to stay at the falls as long as we hoped because it was cold. I would recommend bringing a camping chair, lunch, and book to stay at the falls and enjoy the beauty a bit. Also, the camping spots close looked great. Will be staying over night next time.

hiking
bridge out
11 days ago

Other than the main bridge across the river being out, the hike is very enjoyable. Not too hard at all. Completed on July 4th. Get there early though as parking fills up. The Zigzag ranger station sells recreation passes needed for your vehicle. $5 for a day pass, $30 for annual.

hiking
12 days ago

Had a great time on this trail today... It's the perfect mix of easy to follow trail, and not too much human interference. I'm a beginning hiker and I found this to be fairly easy...the river crossing wasn't too difficult and the scenery for sevenish miles and fourish hours was incredible. I love our great state!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike up to an amazing surprise. The falls are beautiful and the walk back down passes through several distinct ecosystems. Lower end of moderate. Go early with the thru hikers, looks like it fills up pretty quick later in the day

hiking
14 days ago

The way out was very sandy and there wasn't a bridge to cross the river but thankfully a fallen tree that we were able to walk over. The falls were incredible! So worth the hike and the lollipop loop was great, the "backside" of the hike was like a whole other hike. It was green, lush and followed a beautiful stream.

hiking
14 days ago

Really nice trail. Waterfall was beautiful in the partial Sunlight. Trail was very easy with little incline. .

16 days ago

Absolutely incredible and worth it.

hiking
bridge out
18 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking! I’d call this hike “easy” other than the log crossing, but even that is MUCH easier than we were anticipating.

hiking
18 days ago

Great views of mt hood and the falls are great! Definitely not a hard hike, I would almost consider it a walk in the woods. Dont let the river crossing concern you-use the logs tied w string and you will be fine! Plan to get there early. I arrived on a beautiful Saturday at 8:15am, there were only about 15 cars. As I left 3 hours later, there wee easily 60!

hiking
18 days ago

This is a well kept trail that is on the easy side of moderate. I went during late May and had to cross the river on logs since the seasonal bridge was not in place. Otherwise it’s a lovely walk with some elevation gains that can be completed relatively quickly, about 3 hours including stopping to enjoy the views of Mount Hood and the falls.

hiking
bridge out
18 days ago

Nice trail for a warm day as much of it is under the shade of tall trees. The trail is easy to follow and fast. Beautiful views of Mt Hood. Ramona Falls were spectacular!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice moderate trail within an hour and a half of Portland. Most of the time is spent in the forest and you get a nice contrast between wet and drier forest on the east and west sides of the loop respectively. The Sandy crossing was fine for my wife and I and our two dogs (60 pounds each, athletic). There is a makeshift bridge made out of a few logs lashed together. On the way into the falls one of my dogs scurried over the log bridge while the other one swam with on leash assistance preventing her from getting dragged downstream. On the way back they both walked the log. If they had fallen it would have been a potentially dangerous situation so it might be better for folks with dogs to either carry them or find a place where you can wade across with your pooch. Get there early to avoid crowds.

trail running
bridge out
25 days ago

Great trail for running other than it’s definitely crowded. There is a river crossing that requires balancing across a log so keep that in mind if you have kids or pets. Trail was well maintained, wide and the surrounding scenery is great! The falls was spectacular and a great bonus to the experience. Would definitely do again but earlier before the crowds get there.

hiking
bridge out
25 days ago

Very nice hike. Ramona Falls is beautiful and pictures really don't do it justice. Just enough elevation to feel like more than a stroll in the woods. The return train was very nice with the little Creek running along most of the path. Plenty of runners using the trail as well

hiking
25 days ago

Really nice waterfall with a great area to rest and grab something to eat while enjoying the cool mist of the falls. Bring plenty of water for this hike, there’s not much shade on the way up. Also, there’s no bridge to cross the river, if you’re bringing small children it might be a challenge to get them across. I posted a picture of the log crossing to help folks who need to take that in consideration while planning their hike. I’m afraid of heights and it was hard for me, but it was worth it!!!!

hiking
26 days ago

Relatively easy hike with lots to look at. Do the loop! Rock walls, streams, canyon, rhododendrons, and lush nature everywhere. The falls are breathtaking.

hiking
29 days ago

This was my favorite hike while on vacation in Oregon, it is a must do when I return.

hiking
1 month ago

Don't forget the $5 pass from the store in zigzag. Beware: the road to get in has some gnarly potholes so go slow. It's a moderate hike. Crossing the river on the sketchy logs was fun. Did the full loop & the second half makes it all worth it.

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