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Gorton Creek Trail (#408)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Trail No. 408

This trail offers great views on a one or two-day backpack climb up around Nick Eaton Ridge.

The trail begins at mile 1.4 of Herman Creek #406 and ends at Rainy Whatum Trail #409 near Rainy Lake on the Hood River Ranger District, Mt Hood National Forest.

5.5 miles of this trail is within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The trail is a total of 9.1 miles long. The southern portion of trail is within Mark O Hatfield Wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail cleared in 2018 up to the Deadwood junction. Expect logs on this trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail. Wilderness regulations apply in Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Herman Creek trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


Herman Creek Trailhead

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to Cascade Locks, exit # 44. Drive under the interstate and through town approximately 1.8 miles to the eastbound entrance ramp. At the stop sign, cross the road and drive east 1.6 miles on Forest Land toward Oxbow Fish Hatchery, then on to Herman Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the west end of the campground.  (The campground is currently closed due to root rot conditions.)

From Hood River, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to Herman Creek exit # 47. Turn left under I-84 and then immediately right on to Forest Lane.  Drive 0.6 mile west on Forest Lane to Herman Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the west end of the campground.  (The Campground is currently closed due to root rot conditions.)



Hide detail HIDE


The Trail starts at Herman Creek Horse Camp and is 9.1 miles long. This is an all day or overnight hike with camping spots along the way.

Day Hiking

This would be a long day hike with overnight camping at the end in mind. Great views along the way. 

Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
9.1 miles

  Elevation : 
1000' - 4700'