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Ramona Falls Hike. Mount Hood National Forest. #2

  • Oct 14, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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This hike will take you to Ramona Falls. Right before the falls, you can see Mount Hood and magnificent things along the way. We will make frequent stops to take breaks, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery. When we reach Ramona Falls, we will have lunch and spend time enjoying the scenery. After that, we will head back to the trailhead. We can also treat ourselves to a meal afterwards. I have hiked here before and the waterfall is very gorgeous. We will be back to Gateway Transit Center around 4 or 5PM. Please plan on it. If you have to be back by a certain time, please do not sign up for this hike.

We will go at a pace where people are comfortable at, 2mph or less. If you are one of those people that likes to hike more than 2mph and do not make frequent stops to take breaks and enjoy the scenery, this hike might not be right for you. Please be in at least reasonable shape.

Here is the web link for more info:

http://nwhiker.com/MHNFHike18.html

http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Ramona_Falls_Hike

You can print the info or map if needed

Hiking time: Approx 4-6 hours depending on the pace.

Distance: Approx 7 miles round trip (out and back, dogbone loop). .

Elevation gain: 1,100 feet


Difficulty: easy to moderate.

Bring: 2-3 liters of water, ten essentials, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) ((you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees) (of course, it is optional)), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks. 

If you need transportation out to the gorge, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (8:00AM):

Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter.  From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.

If you do not want to meet at the Gateway Transit Center, here is a second place we are meeting up at 9:30AM-10AM. (Ramona Falls Trailhead)

Directions: Drive to the community of Zigzag on U.S. 26 which is 18 miles east of Sandy and 10 miles west of Government Camp.

From Zigzag, go north for 4 miles on the Lolo Pass Road (forest service road 18) which is paved one lane each direction. Turn right on Road 1825 labeled "campgrounds and trailheads". This is paved one lane each direction. Stay right on the bridge going over the Sandy River (0.6 mile from Lolo Pass Rd.). There is a gate here that is closed in the winter when there's snow, maybe several months starting in December. The bridge over the Sandy was washed out November 2006 but has finally been fixed (October 2007). This is a temporary fix and they are planning a permanent fix in 2008 (which will probably deny access for a period).

Go past McNeil Campground (1 mile from Lolo Pass Rd.). Stay left past the road to Riley Horse Camp (1.8 miles from Lolo Pass Rd.). The road narrows to one lane with turnouts. Stay left past the road to Lost Creek Campground (2.2 miles from Lolo Pass Rd.). Go 0.3 more miles to the Ramona Falls Trailhead (2.4 miles from Lolo Pass Rd.). This last section is paved with potholes.

The trailhead is a huge gravel parking area. On summer weekends there may be 100 cars parked.

NW Forest Pass is required at the trailhead. If you do not have one, you have to pay 5 dollars to park at the trailhead.

Suggested donation based on what kind of car and how many MPG. 10 dollars to carpool drivers.

I created this second hike for the people who RSVP'd and are on the waiting list. I want to give people an opportunity to hike the same one that did not make it to the first one.

If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.

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  • Rick L. J.

    Just a FYI, the bridge will be lifted on 10/17/2012 according to info I saw. Thats tomorrow

    October 16, 2012

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      Thanks Rick. It has been fun times hosting and meeting hikes. One of these days we will meet each other in person.

      October 16, 2012

  • Fe

    Great hike and wonderful people. Thanks for putting this group together.

    October 14, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Excellent times. No rain during the whole time we hiked. Ramona Falls always beautiful as usual. People are wonderful and enthusiastic. Breaking the ice with members made the hike magnificent. We made the best of it. Dinner with few of the members at Skyway Bar and Grill was delicious. Thank you for coming out and enjoying this hike together.

    October 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guide was excellent and very inclusive in making sure everyone was involved. Pace was as expected.

    October 14, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Please, meet at the Gateway Transit Center and we will arrange carpool from there. Does anyone have a NW Forest Pass?

    October 11, 2012

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      Okay. We will figure out the carpool when we meet at Gateway Transit Center. Thanks.

      October 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @nathan Keene, i need a ride

    October 11, 2012

    • Brian W.

      Dou still want a ride? I can meet you at that Albertsons, but I need you to reply. Brian.

      October 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Brian. I can meet you at albertsons but please tell me time and how can i find you there?

      October 12, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Rain or shine. We are still hiking this Sunday. Please dress according to the weather forecast that day. Thanks.

    October 11, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Yup

    October 10, 2012

  • Brian W.

    Are we going; rain or no rain?

    October 10, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Yup

    October 8, 2012

  • Ania

    Are you leading hikes both Saturday and Sunday??

    October 8, 2012

  • Art

    Have any spots opened up? I am new to the area and would really appreciate being able to join this hike. Sounds fantastic!

    October 6, 2012

  • Leslie L.

    Darn it, would love to go but I'm working that day. Happy hiking!

    1 · October 4, 2012

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