Yocum Ridge Trail

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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. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,478 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked 08/15/18. The mileage is most definitely 19 miles round trip minimum. The flies are still kind of mental in the forested section above Ramona Falls but they thin out as you get out of the treeline and into the open meadows above. The last section along the open ridge has some harrowing drops to your left as you ascend. Have fun, be safe and pack it out.

hiking
19 days ago

This was one of the most amazing hikes I have ever completed. The views are definitely earned but amazing!!!

The flies on the way up is the only negative to this trail.

And directions to help the next: go to Romona Falls cross bridge, go on timberline Rt up the hill and you will find the junction for the yocum ridge trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Tougher hike, but worth the views! Left around 8:45am, and got to resting place on the ridge around 1:15pm. Chilled till 2:00, and then got back to our car around 5:40pm. Bugs never bothered us, but they were everywhere. Unless we were on the wrong path, there is some snow at the base of the ridge that covers the path, we went up and around but think going under the snow is the better decision. We will be back to camp towards the top!

25 days ago

Cons: the bugs and severity in which you will get swarmed, mostly wooded with little views along the way (except for crowded Romona). Pros: well worth the woods walk, not very crowded past Romona, incredible view at the top. I camped up in the meadow because the other campsites even further up just didn’t have as great as the view as the first one in the meadow to your right. But wow. Super beautiful.

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome hike. Lots of bugs / flies though, but not too bad if you keep moving. The views from close to Mt Hood are awesome. I did a little extra mileage to hit 20, but it's about 19 miles or so from the parking lot, round trip.

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hiking
1 month ago

Long 19.4 mile day that would have been better if there was no biting flies. You couldn’t stop to rest without being swarmed.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 7/8/18. Very crowded up to Ramona Falls, but then cleared out with only a few seen. Went through an amazing series of meadows full of avalanche lillies. Most of the hike was in the woods with little visibility of landscape but last mile it breaks open into meadows and views of St Helen’s, Adams, Rainier, and of course Hood’s peak another 4000 or feet up. The trail just sort of petered out at the top, hidden still in some snow fields, so we didn’t track all the way to the end of AllTrails’ map line. Legs were smoked by the end of our 19.3 mile trek, and I would allow full day with lots of water. I give it four stars because or the sheer amount of work required through woods before finally getting payoff at the end.

backpacking
1 month ago

Well worth the climb! Beautiful sweeping vista views of the foothills of Mt. Hood, as well as the Cascades to the North! Sunsets are magnificent from this viewpoint! Little tough on the legs, but that keeps the majority of the crowds away.

hiking
1 month ago

The majority of this hike is in the forest but you’ll reach a clearing about 8.5 miles in with amazing views of Mt. Hood. As you continue along the trail you’ll also enjoy views of Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. The payoff is well worth the long distance. Start early to beat the crowds headed to Ramona Falls.

backpacking
1 month ago

Little or no snow on trail as of the first week of July 2018. Beautiful and well designed trail throughout. The portion below Ramona falls is a highway with dozens of day hikers even on week days. Once on the ridge trail it’s more peaceful. Decent water sources all the way to the alpine. Ample bivy options around 7500 ft (beyond the “end of trail”) with grand views in every directions. Be aware of the exposure to weather being on the west slope of the mountain.

backpacking
1 month ago

For those who haven’t done, please just go. It’s so worth the climb. It’s steady up hill for 5 miles after romana falls but the views and scenery at the top is perfect. This one hike gives you everything, waterfalls and rivers, a climb through the many micro climates of the forest and views that don’t disappoint. You will literally be on he side half way up Mt. Hood. Went in June, still a few snowy spots and he wild flowers haven’t bloomed. Bring warm cloths if you plan to stay. Went from clear and sunny to sideways rain in 2 hours... then back to sun. There are 5 spots to camp up top so be aware on weekends it will be busy

Best hike of he year for me! Happy trails;)

backpacking
11 months ago

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

backpacking
11 months ago

awesome place

backpacking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

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.

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.

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recorded Yocum Ridge

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