Herman Cutoff Trail #410


This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  Herman Creek Cutoff is a connector trail that makes for good loop possibilities with Rainy Lake, Waucoma Ridge and the Wahtum Lake area.

This trail starts at Rainy Wahtum Trail #409 and ends at Herman Creek Trail #406.  This trail is best reached by starting from Rainy Lake Campground. From the campground, head west on Rainy Wahtum Trail #409 (an old abandoned road) and travel 1.2 miles to the junction with this trail (#410). This trail junction is at 4400’ elevation and there is a small wood shelter just to the west.  The trail passes the shelter and goes down a couple long gradual switchbacks. Lower down the trail there are some shorter, steeper switchbacks that end in the wet bottomland of the East Fork of Herman Creek.  Here you will have to wander a bit over and around massive trees and streamlets along flatter ground. Wander west to the junction with Herman Creek Trail #406 at 2800’.

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 - undefined
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Wahtum Lake Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, OR travel south on OR Hwy 281 Dee Highway (it goes past the Hood River airport) approximately 11 miles to Dee.  Take the right fork here and cross the East Fork of the Hood River. Turn right again and go 1.2 miles up Punchbowl Road until it crosses the West Fork of the Hood River. The road becomes Dead Point Road (Forest Road 2820) here.  Follow Dead Point Road 11 miles until you get to Rainy Lake Campground and Trailhead. Take Rainy Wahtum Trail #409 west about 1.2 miles to get to the junction with Herman Cutoff #410.



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Difficulty Level: Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

  Elevation : 
2800' - 4400'


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