Ramona Falls Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Ramona Falls

The Ramona Falls Trailhead provides access to numerous trails including the Sandy River, Ramona Falls and Pacific Crest Trail.  By combining all three of these trails, visitors can make the Ramona Falls Loop through 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.

Provides access to: Ramona Falls Trail #797  which enters Mt. Hood Wilderness.


From the Ramona Falls trailhead, visitors take the Sandy River Trail one-mile eastward to where it crosses the Sandy river. There is no footbridge. Visitors will eventually come to the Ramona Falls "loop" itself.

Large parking area accommodating more than 50 vehicles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Gate over Sandy River is open for the summer 2021 season
Fees $5/vehicle/day from May 15th to October 1st.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply in Mt Hood Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of free payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District- Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - follow US Highway 26 to Zigzag, OR. Turn nort on Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18). Follow it four 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) 

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