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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland
by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This hike gives you the reward of great views of Mt.Hood, and an outstanding place to relax and have lunch half way through. Counter clockwise will take you the easier route due to the steepness of the trail.
Ramona falls is quite a marvel. There was quite a bit of water coming down off it. We continued on to about 6200 ft on Yocum ridge. Quite a bit of snow in the gullies.
Plenty of parking at trailhead, well graded elevation gain, good coverage in the forest on hot days, and a truly spectacular waterfall as a reward.
Easy hike yet a gorgeous one. The water level was low so the falls were minimal but very pretty.
If you photograph the falls, be sure at least one frame includes the bridge beneath it, this for context because otherwise people would not believe something so beautiful could also be so tall. We followed the hiking books' good advice and took the trail loop clockwise, enjoying the packed-earth trail and Ramona Creek on the way in; unless you're in a hurry after visiting the falls, returning the same way is far better (better trail, better scenery) than continuing out clockwise. At the falls, you will find a wonderful place to have lunch, read a book and just enjoy. On this Friday hike, we encountered only seven people at the falls, and five of them didn't stay long. Oh, and the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons made this hike even better.
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