Portland: Herman Creek

This shady trail in the Columbia River Gorge links four waterfalls in a moss-shrouded gorge with a handful of campsites.
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This shady trail in the Columbia River Gorge links four waterfalls in a moss-shrouded gorge with a handful of campsites.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.7

Waypoints

HCT001

Location: 45.6827850341797, -121.844497680664

From lot, go L uphill through wooded campground

HCT002

Location: 45.6838836669922, -121.841316223145

Turn R near seasonal bathrooms

HCT003

Location: 45.6826667785644, -121.842384338379

Veer L @ Y onto needle-covered trail past monster Douglas fi rs and big-leaf maples

HCT004

Location: 45.6812171936035, -121.84253692627

Take hard L @ 4-way; orange tiger lilies bloom under power lines

HCT005

Location: 45.6788177490234, -121.843170166016

Climb switchbacks, then turn L @ Y onto Trail 406; Herman Creek rages below

HCT006

Location: 45.6797676086426, -121.84033203125

Keep straight, staying on middle bench running E. Chanterelle mushrooms grow in forest duff

HCT007

Location: 45.6801338195801, -121.830116271973

Primitive campsites @ Herman Creek Camp (no permit required); turn R @ Y and gently descend

HCT008

Location: 45.6718139648438, -121.820816040039

Creeklet dive-bombs 100 ft. into a deeply cut, moss- and fern-covered side canyon. Ahead are three more (less dramatic) no-name cascades

HCT009

Location: 45.6684532165527, -121.815330505371

Straight @ Camp Creek crossing

HCT010

Location: 45.6557731628418, -121.81192779541

R @ Y onto Casey Creek Trail to ridgeline campground with deep views to the rambunctious Herman Creek. Backtrack to trailhead