Ramona Falls Trail #797

Trail Highlights

This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness and the Sandy River. Ramona Falls is a jewel drawing most visitors to the area.

Trail Description

This trail enters 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.

Most visitors access this trail from Ramona Falls Trailhead. The distance round trip for this point is 7 miles. From this trailhead, visitors take the Sandy River Trail one mile eastward to where it crosses the Sandy River. Approximately ¼ mile after the bridge, visitors will come to the Ramona Falls “loop” itself. (The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 overlaps with Ramona Falls for a couple miles in this area.) Equestrians going to Ramona Falls will stay on the southern side of the loop that goes along above the Sandy River. Hikers can choose which way to do the loop. It is about the same distance either way. Overall the route is a gentle climb gaining 1000’ over the 3.5 miles to the falls.

UPDATE 6/15/16: Bridge over Sandy River is out and river is swift.  Caution!

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information

Leave No Trace Principles
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave What You Find
  • Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • At the end of the trail, visitors have impacted the surrounding vegetation by traveling off the trail. The impact of the cumulative effect is significant. Please stay on the official trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Take U.S. 26 east – turn north 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) at the Ramona Falls trailhead.


For more information, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53460

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Northwest Forest Pass Required
Distance 7 Miles Roundtrip
Elevation High 3500' - Low 2500'
Snow Free May to October
Difficulty Moderate
Uses Hikers