Deadwood Camp Loop via Gorton Creek Trail #408 and Herman Creek Trail #406

based on 30 tracks & routes #23 hike out of 65 in
12.3 mi
5 hrs 47 min
3,776 ft
Elev Gain


There are several loop hike options from Herman Creek Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge. This difficult lollipop loop includes the Nick Eaton Trail on the southwest and the Gorton Ridge Trail on the northeast. The route has sections of wildflowers in summer and fall colors in fall but is somewhat unremarkable otherwise. The trail passes through a patchwork of forest burned in the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. The worst section is along Nick Eaton Ridge, sections of which are shadeless, overgrown and very steep.

From the Herman Creek Trailhead, ascend on the Herman Creek Trail to a junction with the Gorton Creek trail. For a clockwise loop, turn onto the Gorton Creek Trail, for a counterclockwise loop, continue straight to the Nick Eaton trail junction in 0.2 miles and turn left. To complete the loop, continue until the Nick Eaton and Gorton Creek trails intersect and continue on the other trail.
To shorten the loop, take the Deadwood Camp Trail or Ridge Cutoff Trail, both of which connect the Nick Eaton and Gorton Ridge trails.
On a clear day, great views are found on a short detour to Indian Ridge.

Getting Started

The Herman Creek Trailhead is at the end of Herman Creek Campground road, off the I-84 frontage road between I-84 exits #44 and #47. There is a privy at the trailhead and limited parking, which can fill on summer weekends. The campground closed after the 2017 Eagle Creek fire and has not reopened as of summer 2023.

Taking Children

Tough hike for children due to the length and elevation gain. Steep drops at Indian Ridge.

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Simon 4 years, 3 months ago
Herman Creek trail to Groton trail to Nick Eaton trail Loop
Great hike enjoy Indian Point and then venture further out than most go. There are times where you need to use some terrain association and the map to stay on course. There are some cairns and survey tape to assist but I still ended off course a few times. 1 spring along the route otherwise no water. You can see the impact of the Eagle Creek fire from 2017. Recommend taking Nick Eaton trail in the way up to save the knees on the way down.
jw 4 years, 1 month ago
Nick Eaton Ridge Loop Hike
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jfwilson107 6 years, 3 months ago