Fun Waterfall Hike in Oregon – Ramona Falls

If this is your first time reading our blog then thanks for being here! If it’s not you’re probably starting to see a trend of Waterfalls. Well yeah, Oregon is absolutely covered in them and it’s amazing! We haven’t seen so many waterfalls since we lived in New Zealand and we miss that place more than ever! So thanks for that, Oregon. 

If you’re in Oregon and have yet to do the Tamanawas Falls or this awesome day trip from Portland we absolutely recommend both of those. If you’ve followed along and done both and absolutely loved them we have one more awesome waterfall hike right in the Mount Hood National Park. 

And that hike is Ramona Falls Trail! And that’s where you will find this absolutely stunning waterfall that cascades and splits a whole 120 feet down and will leave your camera in awe. 

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It’s a very well kept trail and easy to find your way since a portion of the hike is on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. (A famous hike from the southern tip of California right up to the most northern point of Oregon). So once you’ve finished the fun Ramona Falls you can say you’ve hiked a portion of the PCT! 

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Ramona Falls is a fun waterfall hike in Oregon

Ramona Falls isn’t a difficult hike by any means. It has a bit of elevation gain but the path is very easy to follow. We do want to give you a heads up there is a little river crossing. It is nothing crazy though. The river runs a little fast but there are a few big trees that are used as a path to cross the river. We wouldn’t recommend it if it was dangerous and we both don’t like scary heights so you’ll be fine if we did it! 

It’s a pretty busy trail as you’ll come across day hikers and PCT hikers so you won’t have to worry about being alone on the hike. But since it’s an 8-mile loop track you will still have portions of the hike where you can relax by yourself and shoot some pretty photos.

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We would recommend going earlier in the day though as the parking lot might get full – and because it can get really hot in Oregon.  You will probably feel like you’re covered by trees but it still gets nice and warm – at least in the summer.

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Practical information about Ramona Falls

Distance: 13.3 km return / 8.2 miles return
Elevation: 334 m / 1095 ft. elevation gain
Type: Lollipop loop trail
Length: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate 
Rating: 4 stars

Here’s a map of the beginning of the trail

Here’s a picture of the beginning of the trail

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Ramona Falls is truly an enjoyable hike with rewarding views, especially if you’re looking for a hike with a waterfall at the end. The trail changes quite a few times from being out in the open where you’ll get marvelous views of Mount Hood to being covered in trees.

Once you get into the forest, the trail gets more dense and lush and this is where you’ll come in contact with Ramona. You’ll feel like you’re getting deeper and deeper into the forest. You will follow this quiet little stream that will run parallel with the path before finally returning back onto the same path you started on. This is why it’s called a lollipop loop 😉 

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We mentioned this in our post about Tamanawas Falls, but make sure to get your America The Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass because you will get good use of it. And it will save you lots of money long term if you keep visiting all of America’s beautiful nationals parks!

You can find more information about Ramona Falls here.

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How to get there from Portland

It’s only about an hour and a half drive from the center of Portland so it’s very doable as a day or afternoon trip. Here are the directions to Ramona Falls from Portland. You’ll be able to change your current location to adjust the directions.

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Before you go

Since you are gaining a lot of elevation from Portland to Ramona Falls it’s definitely worth ensuring that you’re fully prepared for any kind of weather. Also, look into getting America The Beautiful pass if you haven’t already. 

One thing we didn’t mention in our previous post is: If you pack it in, pack it out. Make sure that any food you bring will end up in your stomach and the wrapping in your backpack or a garbage bag. This is a beautiful area and leaving any trash behind would be a shame  (+ it’s illegal).

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What to bring

You’re in the mountains, so be prepared for any type of weather!

So bring:

  • Water! Even though you may be shaded it can definitely still be very hot outside and water is essential! We did hear someone mention that you can drink the water from the creek but we would still recommend that you bring a good amount!
  • Sunscreen if it’s sunny out! 
  • Bear spray (it never hurts to bring it with you).
  • Food if you get hungry during the hike or want to have a picnic after! There’s lots of room at Ramona Falls and it’s a great place to have your lunch. Just remember: Pack it in, pack it out! 🙂
  • An extra layer of clothing.
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Other useful info

  • We highly recommend checking out Hood River. It’s an awesome outdoorsy town just an hour away from Portland that is absolutely worth checking out and spending a day exploring.
  • If you have multiple days in the area, Tamanawas Falls is another amazing day hike you can here!
  • Looking for adventurous mountain biking? Then this is the place to go.
  • If you want to see a bunch of stuff in one day and just sit back and relax on a tour then check out this trip.
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We hope you enjoy this hike as much as we did! Enjoy and stay safe out there!

Have fun!

Dom & Jo

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