Unlike most hikes in the Gorge which are accessible year around, some places in vicinity of Mt.Hood are off limits during the winter till early July till the snow is fully melted at higher elevations, Yocum ridge is one among them. Few adventurers snowshoe or use crampons to get there in winter, but for us this is the time to go.
Yocum Ridge is another beautiful yet strenuous hike with up close views of Mt.Hood and probably some wildflower bloom. Since we will be passing Ramona falls on our way up and down, one will get to see two vistas on a single hike.
Please be in good physical condition due to 4000ft of elevation gain and length of the round trip. We will take frequent short breaks and two long breaks. It will be a long day hiking 18 miles so we will leave from Gateway at sharp 7:30AM.
Distance: 17-18 miles round trip.
Elevation gain: 4000 feet.
Hiking time: About 10 hours
Hiking pace: Brisk.
Driving distance: 110 miles round-trip; Work with your driver on splitting the gas cost.
Parking Permits: NW Forest Pass.
Bring: Ten essentials, water, lunch, non-cotton clothing, trekking poles, Rain Gear.
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.