Mt. Hood - Yocum Ridge (16 miles; 4,000' gain; 6,200' peak)

This is an all day ramble to alpine meadows on the west side of Mt. Hood at the head of the Sandy River. The trail is long but the rewards are great: walk through Mt. Hood's last eruption and see 200-year old snags; enjoy beautiful Ramona Falls; wonder at great old 500 year old noble firs and mountain hemlock; and enjoy a view of Mt. Hood from the head of the Sandy River so beautiful it will bring tears to your eyes; a nap in the flower-filled alpine meadow is likely. I've hiked over 100 trails locally, and this is my #1 favorite day trip hike from Portland. Only something this wonderful would be worth all the work. Mitigating the distance is the soft, even, well-graded, well-maintained trail that lacks up-and-down roller-coastering: we'll hike straight up then come straight down.

Pace averages 1.5 mi/hr, including lots of breaks. Feel free to stop and photograph flowers, watch for birds, or track elk and coyote.

Wilderness area regulation restricts attendance to 12 heartbeats, so no dogs - that would be one less person.

Brewpub to follow.

Meet at 6:30 AM, back around 9:00 PM (Sunrise: 6:23 AM Sunset: 8:02 PM)

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  • lisa

    Thanks guys! I fixed the tree diameter. ;-)

    1 · August 28, 2012

  • lisa

    Cool, thanks! I added our pics to the end. Sylvia & Mary, I hope that's ok. www.splitpeatraveler.blogspot.com, if you'd like to check it out. I tried to be as accurate as I could! Lol!

    1 · August 27, 2012

  • lisa

    I wrote a short post on my basically unknown blog. Do you guys mind if I use some of the pictures of you, like the group pic? Thanks!

    August 27, 2012

  • Terry J.

    The lupines and asters were awesome for the second consecutive week. This hike had a variety of coniferous forests, which added to the interest. Ramona Falls - WOW! We had good looks at two glaciers on Mt. Hood, including some seasonal waterfalls in a canyon below one of them. Of course there were occasional views of several of the other mountains. Finally, the group was pleasant. Now I know why this is Tom's favorite hike. Thank you, Tom.

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok with me.

    August 27, 2012

  • Annie

    Sounds good to me!

    August 27, 2012

  • lisa

    If no one minds, I'll post it here when I'm done so you can check it out if you want.

    August 27, 2012

  • Sylvia

    Tom did a wonderful job. There have been some trees that I could not tell what they were. He explaned the differences, so now I know the correct names. The flowers were out of this world. The people on the hike were fun to be around.

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tom is a terrific, confident, and knowledgeable guide. The trip was scheduled when most of the wildflowers seemed to be in bloom. Couldn't ask for nicer weather.

    August 25, 2012

  • Tom Lum F.

    Yes, Ramona Falls TH. ETA there around 8:30 AM

    August 14, 2012

  • lisa

    Be there at 8, thanks!

    August 24, 2012

  • Terry J.

    If I can get to bed early enough tonight, I'll sign up then, OK? I'd hate to miss this one, but ZZZZ......

    August 24, 2012

  • Tom Lum F.

    I'll send more info tomorrow for everyone, but those of you meeting us at the trailhead, please be there by 8:00 AM on Saturday, not 8:30 AM. Thank you!

    August 23, 2012

  • Sylvia

    I just read David's comment. I live in tualatin and it would be easier for me to meet you there also. It is the Ramona Falls trailhead, right?

    August 14, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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