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Yocum Ridge Trail is a 17.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 17.9 mi Elevation gain 4,478 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Snow
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Judson Boggioni
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BackpackingGreat!

Wow! Stunning, absolutely a must hike!

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Deanna Reiber
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Cindy Kenyon
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Cindy Kenyon
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Mikay Reuter
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Did this as a day hike and WOW it was beautiful!!! It only took about 8 hours for 18 miles. Not very steep and a beautiful meadow at the end to have lunch in

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Cindy Kenyon
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Eric T
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RunningBridge outGreat!Snow

This is a great hike and not as challenging as the numbers make it seem. there will be a ton of people from the trailhead to Ramona falls and then the amount of folks drops off. although when I went this past weekend there were still a lot of folks heading up to the ridge to camp Saturday night. this alltrails route doesn't include that you can do a loop for the Ramona falls component which I highly recommend as the north side (ie opposite sandy river/PCT route) is way more beautiful with more delicious water and camp spots. The hike up to the ridge is forested until you approach the alpine meadows and end up with a spectacular view of the west slopes of mt. hood. the hike keeps going to climb the actual ridge and it isn't too tough or steep. still a little snow you have to hop across near the top but easy enough. the trail ends unceremoniously on the ridge but you can keep hiking it for another mile or so on similar terrain if you so choose. absolutely beautiful. clouds rolled in so I didn't get great views of the north facing slopes of Hood, but none the less the hike was amazing. the hike is long so the grade is never steep and makes for very enjoyable hiking. If you plan to do an overnighter on the ridge on a Saturday with good weather get there early as good spots are limited and a lot of folks were headed up looking to camp.

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Peter Travis
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HikingGreat!

Fun and challenging. Easy route to navigate. Trail does get narrow and steep past the meadow, so watch your footing. Once you're out of the trees, the trail is surrounded by wild flowers. The snow melt made for some nice waterfall views. Should also be careful if proceeding up the rocks. The mud underneath is soft and rock slides can occur. I heard a rock slide and am glad was nowhere near the action.

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Jonny Yentch
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HikingBugsGreat!Snow

Did this hike on 7.30.20. We made a short one-nighter out of it. Overall, this was a really solid hike. There was pretty steady elevation gain, but nothing too intense until towards the end a little bit. A good workout. I personally clocked just about 20 miles round trip, and we didn’t even reach the very end of the trail due to a snow blanket that covered a chunk of the trail towards the end. It didn’t seem icy and was probably pretty easily passable, but by the time we reached this point it was close to dark and we decided to just head back down to somewhere with a water source since we weren’t sure what lie up ahead. This was probably .5 miles from the top? If you plan to overnight it by the way, there aren’t that many good camp spots along the way, at least that I saw, so make sure to get there early-ish if you’re going on a peak day to guarantee a solid spot. The hike itself offered spectacular views. The wildflowers were BOOMING which was a real treat. Like most hikes in this area, you definitely are treated to an amazing landscape for pretty much the duration of the hike. The only caveat was the ENORMOUS amount of flies. Trust me, I’m not one to give two shits about bugs, but there were so many goddamn flies it seemed like something out of a movie. Anytime we wanted to stop for a break, the flies would seize their opportunity and attack. And a lot of them bit too; just enough annoyance to say “ah fuck it” and power through with no breaks. Anywho, the hike is definitely worth it overall. Just beware about those devil flies. Also if you’re gonna backpack, fill up whenever you get the chance because it’s not necessarily AS abundant in water sources as some other hikes in Oregon, especially once you pass Ramona Falls. Cheers!

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becca nichols
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BackpackingBlowdown

Took off on a Friday night and spent the evening at Ramona Falls. Took off to Yocum Ridge the next morning. We got to the first view point around 1:30 or 2pm and those sites looked full. We kept going up to the ridge and there were a few beautiful sites. Last reliable water source was around mile 7 where there was a good stream. There was a stream/fall near the top that you could scramble to. Absolutely beautiful view from the top of the surrounding peaks. We camped at the few sites near the top and some in our group scrambled to top of ridge. We encountered no snow until the top where there was a snow field, a few blowdowns (awkward for 5'2" person in backpacking gear but completely doable). Dogs loved it.

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scott kilgo
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Wonderful trail! Went past the last switchback at the top but stopped at a large snowfield. The few but flat tent locations near the top are amazing but the meadow near the second from last switchback has wonderful views as well. Not many locations to pitch your tent between Ramona Falls and the last two switchbacks at the top of the trail. Also counted 25 fallen trees to cross on the trail.

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Nicholas Svetlichny
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Did this one 7/18-7/19. Camped about 2mi from the top. Ended up being 19miles total for us. The majority of the trail is shaded and forested. Quite a few fallen trees as others have mentioned. Ramona Falls crowd was very busy but not too many on Yocum. We weren't quite sure where the summit was supposed to be... but by the top we had done 9.5 miles, had great views (clearly able to see MSH, Rainier and Adams) and were overall very satisfied. There were some steps kicked in up some steep snow that would take you up to Ridgeline but we found another less sketchy way up.

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Lindsay Quast
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BackpackingBlowdownGreat!

Wonderful views all around! Did as a 3 day trip since we got a late start, but would recommend as a 2 day if you're camping. Lots of down trees. Did not encounter any snowfields that weren't passable in hiking boots. Hang out to listen to the glaciers creek and settle, and maybe see rock fall across the canyon.

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Coleman Dow
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Awesome trail. Lot of work, lot of pay off, too. The snow stopped us about 3/4 of a mile from the top of the trail. It got a little too steep to cross in runners. Mostly melted out though, and in otherwise great condition.

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Lily Crowder
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Spent the night up on the ridge (about 1 mile before the end of the trail). Hit snow pack 2 miles from the top. Needed our map to recover the trail. This last 2 miles were challenging! Downed logs were not bad, only a few awkward scrambles. Crossing the Sandy was easy, pretty stable log to cross on. Ramona Falls was a good resting and water refill point. Most of the climb is in the trees, no view until the last mile. But absolutely worth it! Stunning! I will be back later in the summer to catch the wild flowers.

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Shannon Lucas
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HikingBlowdown

June 21– snowpack is around ~5300 ft. Lots of trees blown down right from the get go. Definitely bring gps if you plan on continuing in the snow, as the trail isn’t well defined

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Scott Zajac
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HikingBlowdown

An absolutely amazing hike. The falls, river, mountain truly showed their beauty. Went as far as we could due to crummy conditions. Just shy of making it all the way. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a hike to challenge themselves with miles. Elevation gain was not bad all. Beware of numerous fallen trees in the path. Some junction signs are in need of replacement and could be deceptive to hikers not familiar with the are.

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Sam Herron
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This is one of my favorite hikes in Oregon and I went again in mid June 2020 as a day hike. I wasn’t able to finish the trail because of deep snow starting around 2 miles before the end, covering all signs of the trail. However, until that point, snow accumulation is almost nonexistent. The elevation gain takes less of a toll than usual because of the interesting scenery and wide trails. The views at the end are fascinating and the trail travels through one of the most interesting forests in Oregon. The parking lot is definitely on the safer side for the area, with no broken glass in sight. Romona falls and the sandy river are also amazing. Three notable things about the trail that few have mentioned are as follows. About halfway though the Yocum ridge trail, there is a small glacial lake on the left side when going up. That lake is filled with tons of large frogs/toads. I’d estimate there are hundreds in the lake and surrounding area, so many that you will have to avoid them as you walk on the nearby trail. Also, around 5 minuets past that lake (going up), there is a waterfall maybe 50 feet from the trail. You’d have to hike a little ways off trail to get a decent view and the area has some large cliffs so this may not be worth it for some. Additionally, there is a lot of underground water streams on the initial portion of the timberline trail, which looked really cool to me. There are only six negatives to this trail that you should be aware of. First, you must have a 5 dollar forest recreation pass or pay 30 dollars for a year long one. You can buy it online or in a nearby store. Second, the last 100 feet on the road to the parking lot have significant potholes. You have to either drive carefully or park before this segment and walk. Third, crossing the sandy river can be challenging if you lack athleticism. At certain times in the year there is supposed to be a small bridge installed but I haven’t seen it there in years. Instead, cross at the place where most people cross and that the trail leads to. There are few fallen logs that create a bridge that can be carefully crossed, so there is no need to get wet. Don’t bother walking up or down stream to find a better place to cross; I’ve looked for years and there are none. Also, note that the water levels in the morning are far lower than in the evening, meaning that coming back across the river will be more challenging but can still be carefully done in the same area. Forth, if you are looking for solitude, you will have to wait until you get past Ramona falls. The trial is consistently busy with people going to the falls and back, especially on weekends. However, past the falls, you will hardly see anyone. Fifth, bugs can be a real issue on this trail, so be prepared. Sixth, there are many fallen trees on this trail, most of which are easy to avoid. Also, this may not be the best trail for backpacking in that there are no established backcountry campsites and there are restrictions on fires at a certain elevations. Overall, this is a great hike and continues to get more popular. Just be aware that there may be significant snow at higher elevations in May, June, and early July.

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AJ Gniewosz
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