Area Status: Open
The bridge that allows access to Ramona Falls washed out this week. The trail is still accessible from the Ramona Falls trailhead, but hikers must use caution at the river crossing. The river under the washout is very swift and often carries a strong current.
River Crossing Guide (pdf)
This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness. Ramona Falls is a jewel drawing visitors to the area. The Sandy River, a designated Wild and Scenic River, is a dramatic example of the forces that a glacial fed river can bring forth to change the landscape. Physical signs of a volcanic debris flow from over 200 years ago are evident where the trail is near the Sandy River.
Most visitors access this trail from Ramona Falls Trailhead. The distance round trip for this point is 7 miles. From this trailhead, visitors take the Sandy River Trail one mile eastward to where it crosses the Sandy River. Approximately ¼ mile after the bridge, visitors will come to the Ramona Falls “loop” itself. (The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 overlaps with Ramona Falls for a couple miles in this area.) Equestrians going to Ramona Falls will stay on the southern side of the loop that goes along above the Sandy River. Hikers can choose which way to do the loop. It is about the same distance either way. Overall the route is a gentle climb gaining 1000’ over the 3.5 miles to the falls.
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
||8/12/14 : The seasonal bridge crossing the Sandy River has been washed away by the rains . 6/2014: Trail Maintained
||Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15.
||Wilderness restrictions apply in Mt Hood Wilderness.
||Government Camp, OR
||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Ramona Falls trailhead from May 15th through Oct. 1st.
||Zig Zag Ranger District- Zig Zag Ranger Station
From Portland turn north on Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18). Follow it four miles. Turn east (right) onto Forest Road 1825 and continue 0.6 miles, cross a bridge and then continue 1.7 miles to a road junction. Bear left at the junction onto Forest Road 1825-100 and drive 0.3 mile. Take a left onto Forest Road 1825-024 to a large open parking lot (0.2 mile) at the Ramona Falls trailhead.