Herman Creek Trail (#406)

Area Status: Open
View from Herman Creek Trail

This trail offers loop opportunities with the Pacific Crest Trail, Gorton Creek Trail, and Nick Eaton Ridge Trail

Trail is a total of 11.2 miles long, including sections that extend into Mark O Hatfield Wilderness and the Mt. Hood National Forest.  It goes through some of the best old-growth stands in the Gorge.

Trail enters the Wilderness from the junction with Gorton Creek Trail (#408).

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required when entering Mark O Hatfield Wilderness. Free permits are self-issued at the Wilderness boundary.
Open Season: Year round, snow dependent
Usage: Light-Medium
  • Wilderness restrictions apply within Mark O Hatfield Wilderness
  • Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail. 
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


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.


Day Hiking

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.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

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!

Viewing Plants

Herman Creek Trail contains the largest surviving forest of old growth Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock in the Columbia River Gorge. 

Viewing Scenery

Waterfalls, moss carpeted creeks, sub-alpine lake and vistas. 

Related Information

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  Area/Length : 

  Elevation : 
200 - 4300