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
- Distance: 11.4
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From the trailhead and parking lot, the trail travels south, then east.
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Pass an informational sign on the right side of the trail that explains how to cross mountain rivers and streams.
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Cross a small footbridge over the Sandy River. (Note: Much of this area has been affected by floods.)
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The trail reaches the wilderness boundary and a permit station. Stop and fill out a permit before continuing.
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Bear right onto Sandy River Trail at the Y-junction to start a counterclockwise loop.
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Take the left fork at this Y-junction.
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Take in dramatic views of Ramona Falls, a 120-foot, fan-shaped waterfall that cascades down a mossy cliff wall. Note: Stay off the falls and the surrounding hillside.
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After crossing the bridge by Ramona Falls, the trail splits. Bear left onto Skyline Trail.
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Cross a small bridge.
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Cross a bridge over a small creek.
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Look through the trees for views of the sheer rock wall on the right-hand side of the trail.
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Look to the right for impressive views of the sheer rock wall that borders the trail.
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Cross a bridge over a small creek.
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Pass through a wooden gate.
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Turn left onto Portage Trail at the T-junction; head southwest.
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Cross a small creek on a narrow (and wobbly) log footbridge. Ahead, the trail reconnects with Waypoint 5; turn right at this junction and retrace your route to the trailhead.
Cascading Creek along Skyline Trail
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Footbridge over Sandy River
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Views of Sandy River
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View looking west down the Sandy River.
Broken Wilderness Sign
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Trail sign at the wilderness boundary.
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A sheer rock face can be seen through the trees.
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A wooden gate keeps horses off this portion of the trail.
Narrow Log Bridge
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