Ramona Falls Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,006' 307 m
Descent: -1,006' -307 m
High: 3,461' 1,055 m
Low: 2,457' 749 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“Run the 7-mile Ramona Falls Loop with great views of Mt. Hood. It requires crossing the Sandy River on logs.”— Kathleen Walker
The Ramona Falls Loop Trail provides views of Mt. Hood in the Sandy River canyon and, of course, the iconic Ramona Falls. The south side of the loop (PCT 2000) is the warmer, drier side and the north side (Ramona Falls Tr) is the cooler, wetter side. If it is very hot, you can go up and back on the cooler side. The trail itself is a relatively easy grade, but the run requires crossing the unbridged Sandy River on fallen logs, rock hopping, or fording the river, which makes it more difficult, so it is not for everyone.
There are plenty of lodging and dining opportunities in the Villages of Mt. Hood. Two websites to check on are: mthoodterritory.com/ and mthoodchamber.com/.
The best time to do the Ramona Falls Loop is anytime other than a summer weekend when it is very crowded. Springtime can still have high river flows but blooming wildflowers. Fall gives you wonderful colors. Pay attention to river crossing signs near trailhead and do not attempt crossings unless conditions are favorable.
The trail eventually drops down into the river canyon. The river itself moves considerably from year to year and a seasonal bridge is no longer available, so runners must use caution and cross the Sandy River on a log or ford the river. Once across the river, you can decide to go clockwise or counterclockwise. Counterclockwise is recommended. You take a right and head southeast on the PCT #2000 skirting the north edge of the Sandy River canyon.
After 2.85 miles, you come to the PCT #2000 /Timberline #600 junction. Bear left on the Timberline Trail #600 and head towards the waterfall. Take the obligatory pictures on the bridge. Please do not climb off trail as this is wilderness. The waterfall can be crowded at times, so consider finding a place along Ramona Creek to stop for a picnic.
Continue on Timberline Trail #600 for a short distance past the falls and then bear west (left) on the Ramona Falls Trail #797. This is considered the wet side of the loop where on a warm summer day, it is much cooler than the "dry" side. Head northwest on the Ramona Falls Trail #797 until you get to the PCT junction. Bear left (straight) at the PCT intersection towards the Ramona Falls parking lot (not towards Bald Mountain). Continue on the PCT heading southwest, and cross the creek again until you get to the Sandy River Trail #770. Turn right (west) onto the Sandy River Trail #770 and follow it back to the trailhead.
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