Gorton Creek Trail #408

This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. This is an excellent all day or overnight hike with camping spots and great views along the way.

The trail begins at Herman Creek Trail #406 and ends at Rainy Wahtum Trail #409 near Rainy Lake. Gorton Creek Trail is accessed by using the Herman Creek Trail up to Herman Camp.  Herman Creek Trail starts at the west end of the Herman Creek Campground.  Near the beginning of the trail, keep left at an unmarked fork. Follow the switchbacks across a power line access road, and then climb another 0.4 mile to a well-signed fork. Take the left fork. The path soon joins an old dirt road. Proceed uphill 0.6 miles to Herman Camp primitive campsite.  Uphill a couple hundred yards past the Herman Camp is the beginning of this trail (#408).  Leaving Herman Creek #406 (1,040’) the trail climbs 3.3 miles and crosses Gray Creek (2,600’).  After crossing the creek the trail continues up a steeper climb for 2.6 miles to the junction with Nick Eaton Trail #447 (3,920’).  The trail leaves the junction and continues climbing south for 0.6 mile to the junction with Plateau Cutoff Trail #412 (4,280’).  Stay on #408 and continue another 1.1 miles to the trails end at Rainy Wahtum Trail #409 (4,400’).  To reach Rainy Lake, turn left (north) onto #409 and travel 1.2 miles.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect hazards due to 2017 fire. Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes, and washouts. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Open Season: June
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Portland, OR take I-84 to the Herman Creek Campground where the Herman Creek trailhead (area is unavailable) is located or south from Hood River at  Rainy Lake Campground and trailhead


Day Hiking


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.9 miles

  Elevation : 
1040' - 4700'