Herman Creek Trail (#406)
Trail enters the Wilderness from the junction with Gorton Creek Trail (#408).
At a Glance
|Wilderness Permits are required when entering Mark O Hatfield Wilderness. Free permits are self-issued at the Wilderness boundary.
|Year round, snow dependent
|Cascade Locks, OR
|A valid Recreation Pass is required at Herman Creek trailhead.
|Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to Cascade Locks, exit # 44. Drive under the interstate and through town, 1.8 miles to the eastbound entrance ramp. At the stop sign, cross the road and drive east 1.6 miles toward Oxbow Fish Hatchery, then on to Herman Creek Campground. The trailhead is at west end of the campground.
From Hood River, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to Herman Creek, exit # 47. Drive 0.6 mile west on Forest Lane to Herman Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the west end of the campground.
Hiking to the junction with Casey Creek Trail 476 would make a good all day hike. To Casey Creek Trail 476 junction and back would be right at 8 miles.
Trail starts at Herman Creek Campground. You can camp along the way at Cedar Swamp or Mud Lake. Your hike can end at Wahtum Lake or you can make a loop on the Benson Plateau by using Pacific Crest Trail 200. Trail is 11.2 Miles Long.
Horse riding is allowed on certain trails in the area. Contact the local office for more information on which and when trails are opened for horses. And, as always, please stay on the existing trails and roadbeds!
Herman Creek Trail contains the largest surviving forest of old growth Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock in the Columbia River Gorge.
Waterfalls, moss carpeted creeks, sub-alpine lake and vistas.