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Portland, OR: Ramona Falls

Roughly an hour from Portland, this must-do dayhike in Mount Hood National Forest skirts the Sandy River and offers spectacular views of Ramona Falls.

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Featuring a 120-foot, cascading waterfall, moss-draped landscapes, and minimal elevation gain, this 7.1-miler in Mount Hood National Forest is popular for good reason. From the parking lot, the trail climbs gradually to the northeast, paralleling the Sandy River. After 1.1 miles, leave the woods and traverse a rock-strewn riverbank toward the Sandy River; cross the river on a small, wooden footbridge. Less than half a mile later, bear right onto Sandy River Trail at the Y-junction to start a counterclockwise loop.
Dramatic views of Ramona Falls come into view at mile 3.3 miles, grab your camera and snap photos of this 120-foot, fan-shaped waterfall that cascades down a mossy cliff wall. Past the waterfall, cross a bridge, then bear left onto Skyline Trail at the fork. The next 1.8 miles travel northwest through mossy forest; look to the right for intermittent views of a sheer rock wall that flanks the trail. At mile 5.2, pass through a wooden gate and turn left onto Portage Trail for the half-mile stretch back to the first junction; turn right and retrace your route to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Galen Williams

To Trailhead

US 26 E to ZigZag, OR. Turn left on Lolo Pass Rd. Go 4.6 miles, passing a sign for McNeil Campground, and turn right. Cross a bridge and pass the entrance to McNeil Campground. Stay left at two Y-junctions in the road and continue another 1.7 miles on unpaved gravel to the parking lot.

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