Sandy River Trail #770

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sandy River Trail

Trail access is affected by recreational gate closure on Dec 1st – April 1st annually.  Please see our Roads Table for current information.

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This trail provides access to the Ramona Falls Trail #797 and the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. This trail can be accessed from two different trailheads offering a 3.3 mile (one way) option and a 1.9 mile (one way) option.

This trail is a gentle trail except where it crosses the Sandy River. Beginning from Forest Road 1825-380 (2,120’), the trail climbs gradually for 0.5 mile to Forest Road 1825. Cross the road and continue up the very gentle climb 1.4 miles to the large parking area near Old Maid Sand Pit (2,440’). The trail continues east and is soon joined by the trail coming from the south end of parking area for Old Maid Sand Pit. The trail follows Sandy River briefly before heading uphill and into the trees. After 0.7 miles of climbing the trail reaches abandoned Forest Road 1825-100. The trail follows the road for 0.3 miles before heading back into the trees. After another 0.1 mile the trail reaches a bridge crossing Sandy River. Once on the north side of Sandy River, the trail continues east 0.3 mile to the junction with the Ramona Falls Trail #797 and the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (2,760’).  

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

9/26/20 - Only the West Trailhead is open for this trail. The East Trailhead is closed until further notice.

9/26/20 - Trail Open, but be alert for down trees, hanging limbs, debris, and trail damaged caused by recent wind storm.

Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Cast Creek, Horseshoe Ridge, Sandy River trailhead from May 15th through Oct. 1st.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District- Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - to the trailhead at Forest Road 1825-380, follow U.S. Hwy 26 17.5 miles east of Sandy to Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18). Turn left on Lolo Pass Road and travel 4 miles to Forest Road 1825. Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 1825 and travel 1.2 miles to Forest Road 1825-380. Turn Right (south) onto Forest Road 1825-380 and travel 200’ to the parking area and trailhead on the east side of the road.

From Portland, OR - to the trailhead at Old Maid Sandpit, follow the above directions to Forest Road 1825-380. Continue east on Forest Road 1825 1.2 miles to Forest Road 1825-100. Turn left (east) onto Forest Road 1825-100 and travel 0.3 mile to Forest Road 1825-024. Turn left (north) onto Forest Road 1825-024 and travel 0.2 mile to  Cast Creek, Horseshoe Ridge, Sandy River trailhead at Riley Horse Camp.

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  Area/Length : 
3.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
2120' - 2760'


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