With all the possibilities of Oregon’s great outdoors open before me, one of the first hikes I ventured out on after moving to Portland was also one of the Northwest’s most popular: the Ramona Falls Trail. Located 50 miles outside of the city in the Mount Hood National Forest, this 8-mile loop takes you on moss-covered trails along the Sandy River up to one of the most photogenic waterfalls the Northwest has to offer. After hiking the trail for the first time with primary adventure partner/girlfriend Danica, I enjoyed it so much that I had to come back a week and a half later with my good friend Rafe who was in town visiting for the weekend. I made sure to bring my camera along the second time around to document some of the pure awesomeness of this hike. See the dappled light through the trees, the lush moss growing along the trail, and the carved signs and bridges leading up to the immense falls. As Rafe and I made our progress along the trail, we stopped every so often to examine the undergrowth, climb mounds of fallen boulders, and dip our heads under spouts of icy and refreshing mountain water coming off of the cliffs above. All told, the trek only took us about 3 hours, and we found ourselves back at the beginning of the trail just as the sun was casting it’s last golden rays over the horizon. Truly a perfect hike to introduce anyone to the Oregon wilderness, and an adventure I’ll never forget.
I’ve been a huge fan of Menomena for ages, so naturally Brent Knopf’s departure saddened me to an extent. However, I became quite curious about the projects he decided to pursue, particularly Ramona Falls. “Spore” is a track off of the upcoming album Prophet. It’s simultaneously new and familiar. Hey, everyone! My birthday’s coming up soon. Would it be inappropriate to ask the internet for this album as a gift? Thanks in advance, y'all.
We decided, since it was a nice day, to head out to a new place and agreed on Ramona Falls. Nestled in Mt. Hood National Forrest this 6.2 mile loop is full of stunning views.
Since our little pup Nami is a year old now, we decided that this would be her first longer hike. It took us about 2-3 hours to finish the loop, including stopping for lunch and rests for Nami.
The Ramona Falls Trail is well marked and groomed. At some points in the trail you actually intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 miles long and runs from near the Mexico boarder to the Canada boarder. It is my dream to hike this trail one day. Ramona Falls is somewhat crowded but considering I hiked it on a Monday the weekends are probably very busy. However, it is great for people at all levels given that there are no major inclines.
Overall: A beautiful hike with lovely landscapes and features but somewhat crowded.