Ramona Falls Trail #797


Trail access is affected by annual recreational gate closure, December 1 to April 1. Please see our Roads Table for current information.

Note: There is no hiker bridge to cross the Sandy River. A bridge will not be installed. 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. Learn more: River Crossing Guide

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

Current Conditions: 2023: Cleared of logs on the loop.

Hikers should be prepared to cross a river with very strong currents.
Fees: $5/day - recreation pass encouraged.
Permit Info: Free, self-issued wilderness permits are required to enter Mount Hood Wilderness between May 15 and Oct 15.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply in Mount Hood Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Ramona Falls trailhead from May 1 through October 31.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District: (503) 622-3191

General Information

Directions:

From Sandy, OR - take Highway 26 east for approx. 17.5 miles and turn left at Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18); follow this road for 4 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.


Activities

Day Hiking

Backpacking

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail access. See day hiking description.

Picnicking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2500' - 3500'