July 9, 2012: Natural Wonder of Oregon - World Famous Ramona Falls
Ramona Falls Trail #797 is open for hiking, only when a foot bridge is placed over Sandy River during snow free season (May to October). The Foot bridge across Sandy River is REMOVED EVERY YEAR in late fall and replaced in late spring. During winter, there is no access to the falls for cross country skiing. Check below for current trail condition.
Trail Distance: 7 miles round trip (3.5 miles each way)
Hiking Time: 90-120 minutes each way
Trail Description: From the parking lot, take Sandy River Trail one mile eastward till it crosses Sandy River with a foot bridge. About 0.25 mile after the bridge is “Ramona Falls Loop”. Equestrians going to Ramona Falls must stay on the south side of the loop that goes along above Sandy River. Hikers can take either the equestrian trail or the north side of the loop to avoid horse droppings. It is about the same distance either way. Overall the route is a gentle climb gaining 1000 feet over the 3.5 miles to the falls.
Trail Info: Ramona Falls Trail #797 Map | Current Trail Condition
Near Trailhead / Parking Lot
July 9, 2012: After hiking for one mile (30min) from the parking lot, you'll encounter this footbridge over Sandy River. See how small I am in the picture. This bridge is removed every year in late fall and replaced in late spring, so that nobody can access the trail at the other time.
July 9, 2012: After crossing the footbridge, the river bank opens up a grand view of Mt Hood. Take a rest and enjoy the view. You may notice a variety of paths the river has taken at times of high water and flooding; thus, the hiking trail near the river bank may be slightly different each year. Forest rangers will mark the new trail with small rocks and/or conveniently located logs and tree trunks. No wonder the footbridge is removed each year to prevent hikers from getting lost.
Middle Third of Trail
After crossing the Sandy River, I decided to take the north trail of Ramona Fall Loop, because the south trail is shared by horses.
July 9, 2012: After crossing the river and following the north trail for a few feets, you'll start to head into the forest and soon you'll see this bridge.
July 9, 2012: another view of the bridge
July 9, 2012: Some small waterfalls along the north trail. Interestingly, I didn't notice any mosquito. How odd!!! If I had kwnon this, I would have worn shorts rather than pants. It was a hot sunny sweaty day. :( The weather has been sunny for the last three weeks without any rain. Could this be the reason for lack of mosquitoes?
July 9, 2012: another bridge along the trail. There are about five bridge on the north trail.
July 9, 2012: some more small waterfalls along the trail
July 9, 2012: You may think there will be lots of mosquitoes in this damp, moist environment; however, I didn't notice any!!!
End of Trail
At the end of trail is Ramona Falls. If you hike slowly, it will take two hours to get to the falls. If you hike fast, probably 90min.
July 9, 2012: Hike down to the base of waterfalls and stand under it. See how small I am. The waterfalls is huge!
July 9, 2012: entire view of Ramona Falls
July 9, 2012: iconic view of Ramona Falls with its rustic log bridge
July 9, 2012: This is probably the best view of this famous Ramona Falls.
July 9, 2012: See the falls up close.
July 9, 2012: portrait shot with the iconic bridge
July 9, 2012: portrait shot
July 9, 2012: Ramona Falls is a great romantic getaway for couples. ;-)
July 9, 2012: close-up view