Maywood Park, OR
Adventurer | 226 pts
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.