Ramona Falls Trail FINALLY open despite Patches of Snow
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Sunday, July 6, 2008

The snow has melted enough to finally open the Ramona Falls Trail. One of the most popular and scenic trails in the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mt Hood National Forest, the trail was closed until last week due to excessive snow and high water in the Sandy River. This past winter's record breaking snowfall coupled with continued snow storms through the middle of June kept the trail under several feet of snow. The warm weather of the past few weeks melted the snow enough to allow opening of the trail. There are still patches of snow in the shade under the trees.



The Sandy River was running too high to install the seasonal bridge that provides access to the trailhead. Several years ago, the Forest Service decided to remove the bridge in the fall and replace it in the spring after several years of wash-outs during the spring high waters.
Ramona Falls trail is a 7 mile round trip, with a gentle climb to the falls, gaining about 1000 feet over 3.5 miles. You can take the loop in either direction, following Ramona Creek to the north and the Sandy River to the south. The beauty of the falls is well worth the hike. The hike does pass through Wilderness area, so no bikes are allowed and dogs must be on a leash.
Photo taken on July 4th this year, courtesy of Gary Randall.



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