Nick Eaton Trail #447


This trail is in Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  There are several views once on Nick Eaton Ridge. It begins at Herman Creek #406 (1,000’) in the Columbia Gorge and ends at Gordon Creek Trail #408.  Nick Eaton 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 (#447).  From #406 the trail heads up a long series of steep switchbacks for 2 miles to Nick Eaton Ridge.  The trail can be slow on the ridge due to rocky trail.  The trail follows the ridge for another 1.2 miles and reaches the junction with Casey Creek Trail#476.  Continue heading southwest descending another 0.9 mile to the trail’s end at Gorton Creek Trail #408. Several overnight loops can be made. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.

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
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General Information


From Portland, OR - take US Highway I-84 to Cascade Locks exit # 44. Drive under 1-84 and through the town of Cascade Locks for 1.8 miles to the eastbound entrance ramp. At the stop sign, continue east 1.6 miles toward Oxbow Fish Hatchery, then on to Herman Creek trailhead. (area is unavailable)

From Hood River, OR - take US Highway I-84 to Herman Creek exit # 47. Drive 0.6 mile west on Forest Lane to Herman Creek trailhead (area is unavailable). 



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  Area/Length : 
4.1 miles

  Elevation : 
1000' - 4000'


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