Review: Ramona Falls Trail Loop #797
This is my first time visiting Oregon, first time in Portland, and first time hiking on Mount Hood. :D There are so many picturesque hiking trails around Mt. Hood, offering excellent opportunities for nature photography. One of the trails is the world famous Ramona Falls Trail.
Ramona Falls Trail is very popular and open from late spring to late autumn. The trail is well signed and maintained. The forest roads leading up to the trailhead parking lot are all paved roads. I went there on my own and had no problem finding the trailhead. Since it’s a popular trail, I decided to hike alone. When I got to the parking lot at 1pm, there were about 10 cars or so. By the time I finished hiking around 7pm, my car was the only one left in the parking lot.
The total trail distance for a round trip is 7 miles (11km), or 3.5mi/5.5km each way. If you hike fast, it takes 90min or less to reach the waterfalls. I hiked slowly and took photos along the way, so it took me 2 hours each way. And I spent another 2 hours at the bottom of the waterfalls for snacks, rest and photoshooting. :D It’s far for me to travel to Oregon, so I decided to spend 2 hours at the falls. Who knows when I’ll visit the falls again?!
I always thought there could be lots of mosquitoes in forest trails. To my surprise, I didn’t encounter a single mosquito on Ramona Falls Trail. I didn’t even hear any flying around me. Could it be due to lack of rain in the past three weeks? Or, because I used insect repllent? Or, is that the way it is naturally? It’s my first time hiking to Ramona Falls, so I’m not sure. If I knew there weren’t any mosquitoes, I would have worn shorts rather than pants, because it was really hot in a sunny summer day, especially around noon hours!!! I was soaked with sweat while hiking to the waterfalls!!! On the way back, it was much nicer because the sun was setting and the slanting forest shadow produced more shade.
Ramona Falls Trail #797 Info:
Nearby tourist attractions:
- Bagby Hot Springs – hot springs under the canopy of primitive forest. Get naked; open 24 hours!!!
- Mirror Lake Trail – very nice reflection of Mt Hood on lake surface
- Trillium Lake Camp Ground – an alternative to Mirror Lake; hiking is not required here :D
- Timberline Lodge – overlooking Portland sunset from the west slope of Mt Hood
- …many many more!