Area Status: Open
Trail access is affected by recreational gate closure on Dec 1st – April 1st annually. Please see our Roads Table for current information. No Hiker Bridge across the Sandy River.
A bridge will NOT be installed allowing access to Ramona Falls. The trail is still accessible from the Ramona Falls trailhead, but hikers must use caution at the river crossing. The river 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. (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
From Portland, OR - 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.