Yocum Ridge Trail

HARD 19 reviews
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Yocum Ridge Trail is a 17.9 mile out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4714 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

river

views

waterfall

backpacking
1 month ago

Really fun hike, but will put your legs to work on the second half. Incredible view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

awesome place

backpacking
2 months ago

Really awesome hike. The river crossing ~1.3 miles in has a few logs across it and was fairly easy to get over. Most of the trail is in the trees without much of a view, but once you get to the clearing at the top it is well worth it. The first clearing is a great view of the glacier, and Mt. Jefferson. There are also some nice areas to camp around here, and a full meadow of wildflowers. If you push on a bit further, you'll round the ridge to an amazing view of St. Helens, Rainier, and Adams all in a row. We set up our campsite here and hiked a bit further up the trail without our packs, which was a fun scramble and another amazing panoramic view. Overall a very fun hike. Moving time was about 3.5 up and 2.5 down, and the milage was pretty accurate to what this map says - maybe about a mile off round trip. If you're planning to camp, there is a nice stream between Ramona falls and the end of the trail that you should fill up at, because its the last water stop. During our hike there were a lot of flies - bug spray helped a bit, but some of the snack breaks we had to put on light jackets to keep them off. At the top it wasn't nearly as bad.

I would highly recommend staying at the top and watching the sunset. Its incredible.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on 7/17/17. Worth every mile for the views. From the parking lot you take the Ramona Falls trail. Besides the fun (anxiety inducing) river crossing, the initial trail isn't great... very dry and dusty but worth it because the falls are beautiful. We got to the falls around 11:30 am on a Monday, and there were a few other hikers. Only one person continued you up the Timberbline Trail with us. This part of the trail is beautiful. Huge trees, comfortable pine needle trails and green everywhere. After .7 miles you come to a wider area of the trail where the timberline trail splits with Yocum Ridge. The sign is covered in sap so you can't read it, but you take the trail on the right... the one that goes up! Then it's 4.7 to the top. You stay mostly on the tree covered trail, but do pass through 3 small boulder fields and multiple alpine meadows filled with wildflowers. Several downed trees add interest. The trail is otherwise well maintained and clearly marked.

The views for the last 1.5 are incredible and just get better and better. We continued up through a steep meadow once the trail ended less than 1/10 of a mile to have lunch on a boulder. We could clearly see 3 snow capped beauties (Helens, Ranier and Adams).

There were 3 incredible campsites at the top. Wish we'd backpacked because we really wanted more time with the view.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

A lot of trees down across the trail but overall a fantastic hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

backpacking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Great views. But you will need your big boy pants to get to this point. It's very uphill and you will need plants of water and/or a filter.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 22, 2015

This is a great hike. Probably one of my favorites on Mt. Hood. The true distance is around 20 miles.. and worth every step!

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

awesome hike. it has everything. water falls, wild mountain flowers, meadows and of course Hood. when I was hiking up the trail I could see ranier, Helens and Jefferson. this has become my to do hike every year!

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

One typically gets to the Yocum Ridge trail via Ramona Fall Trail loop, itself a very impressive trail. The portion that is properly Yocum, is indeed all uphill all the time, but never is it too harsh. The trail is well-maintained and Virtually the entire trail is under the forest canopy, and one is only occasionally teased with a brief glimpse of limited views. If the journey seems less than rewarding, the payout at the top makes it all worthwhile. The view is nothing less than spectacular.

hiking
Saturday, December 29, 2012

Let's get this straight: this is the longest and best day hike on Mount Hood. It is probably best left to backpackers but is so spectacular and well-graded that it can be done as a day hike as well. Past Ramona Falls the trail stays in the forest for a long time before breaking out into some serious "Sound Of Music" scenery. Once there it does not get any better than this on Mount Hood.