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Ramona Falls Loop via Sandy River Trail #770

based on 197 tracks & routes #42 hike out of 129 in
7.0 mi
Distance
3 hrs 56 min
Time
terrain
1,142 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate loop trail to Ramona Falls in Mount Hood National Forest. You'll start off hiking along the Sandy River, which you'll need to cross a few miles in. There is no bridge, so you'll either need to ford the river or find an area to cross with rocks, downed trees, etc. Be very careful as the river can be moving deceiving quickly, and more than 1 person has been swept away and died here before. Once you cross the river there's a loop, most hikers will go to right and come back around on the left spur. The right spur is a bit more sparse, whereas the left spur is much more lush and follows a stream. Once you get to Ramona Falls, you won't be disappointed. It's a beautiful cascading wide waterfall, and there's a footbridge directly in front of it. Take the other loop on the way out to see some scenery you haven't yet seen.

Getting Started

The road to Ramona Falls isn't very rough, and the parking lot is quite large. It's a frequent spot for break-ins due to this, so make sure you don't leave any valuables sitting out in your car.
The trail starts at the Ramona Falls Trailhead. From Portland take Highway 26 to Zigzag. Turn north on Lolo Pass Road, continue for 4 miles, turn east onto FR 1825 for 0.6 miles, cross a bridge, continue 1.7 miles, bear left onto FR 1825-100, drive 0.3 miles, turn left onto FR 1825-024 for 0.2 miles.
There is a very large parking lot and may have a portapotty.

Taking Children

Not appropriate for children due to the Sandy River crossing.



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    1 year, 8 months ago
    Did this as part of the Timberline Trail previously and wanted to see it again. The only real challenge was the river crossing. Beautiful.
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    3 years, 8 months ago
    Very easy river crossing. There’s a log with another log for hand rails. Come back on the PCT side to avoid the only “climb” of the hike if you don’t mind the downhill. Otherwise it’s a very easy hike.
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    3 years, 8 months ago
    Nice mid-day hike. Lots of shade and scenic.
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jhinkle0628 9 months ago
Ramona Falls Trail
Solo, Anne in NC. Sunny and 70 to start, 80 at the end. Parked 1/2 mile before TH where road split and could turn around and park on the side as Dolly not happy with deep potholes. Trail surface easy dirt double wide with some buried boulders, made for faster hiking. Along creek going up that was washout area just like white river. Sketchy creek crossing pictured. Going down was mature fir forest with small creek rushing down and moss along the banks.
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chuck.sheketoff 3 years, 9 months ago
Ramona Falls loop... 7/21/2020
Anniversary hike.. great way to celebrate 30 years. Mid-day hike, nice shade and scenic. Glad was passable log across Sandy River
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