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    Cascade Locks, Oregon

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    Portland, OR
    Pathfinder | 165 pts
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    Amazing 3 day loop. At least that's what i had planned until i got to Tomlike Mt (via herman creek trail) and lost the trail in snow. No worries though because Tomlike is awesome. spent a while on the summit then came back to a sweet hidden camp i found between mud lake and cedar swamp. I highly recommend this trip. You cant be too picky about solitude on this hike, many people enjoy its scenery. Caution: went back a month later to finish the loop but got turned back at mudlake due to SWARMS of mosquitoes.
    Maywood Park, OR
    Adventurer | 226 pts
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    I'll never forget hiking up Herman Creek trail, I set up camp at Cedar Swamp and took the side trail up to the top of Green Point Mountain. About a quarter of the way up, I remember looking ahead, and seeing a big 'ole German Shepard dog looking back at me, maybe 100 feet away. At least, I THOUGHT it was a dog. Took another look and it was a large bear! Soon as I realized just what it was, up went 2 cubs climbing up the two trees next to mother bear! I was about to freak! I slowly eased back away from them, when I got out of sight, I ran very fast! Waited about an hour, hiked back up, making much noise, didn't see them.

    Herman Creek is an excellent backpacking trip. The campsite at Cedar Swamp is large, with a little stream running right thru it. The trip up the mountain from Cedar Camp is well worth the views you'll have at the summit. It's an excellent side trip when camping down below.

    Herman Creek trail is also very interesting beyond Cedar Swamp, it's one of my Gorge faves.

    If you want to make this hike easier, hike in from the opposite direction, from Wahtum Lake.

    Trail Information

    Cascade Locks
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Several options
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    2 hours-2 days
    Additional Use
    Views, Waterfalls
    Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 541-308-1700,
    Local Contacts
    National Geographic Columbia River Gorge, Green Trails Map 428S (Columbia River Gorge–West).
    Local Maps

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