Sandy River Trail #770
ElevationAscent: 710' 217 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 2,787' 850 m
Low: 2,082' 635 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“Sandy River starts near Riley Horse Camp, goes to Ramona Falls TH, and becomes first part of the Ramona Falls Loop.”— Kathleen Walker
Cross to the far end of the large opening towards the bulletin board, and the trail starts to the left of them. Most users will be hiking this section of Sandy River Trail. The trail continues through mossy forest. Please stop and review the river crossing safety sign before continuing on as that information will be helpful soon.
As you continue, the trail will begin skirting the edge of the volatile Sandy River Canyon. Stay back from the edges as the loose sand and overhanging cliffs are unstable! You can see sections of this trail that have had to been rerouted away from the cliffs as they were eroded away. Just before the 3 mile point (or 1.1 miles if you started at Ramona Falls Trailhead), Sandy River Trail drops into the Sandy River Canyon.
At this point, the relatively easy trail becomes more challenging as there is no bridge crossing. You can look up or down stream for down logs, hop on rocks, or ford across the river. If the river is very high, and you cannot find logs to cross, or you feel that crossing the river is above your abilities, you should turn around and find an easier trail to hike. The Sandy River can be low in the morning and much higher in the afternoon as snow upstream melts. Depending on where you crossed, you'll need to find where the trail picks up on the other side. The crossing offers one of the best views of Mt. Hood on the trail.
Continue north and cross another older channel of the Sandy River before heading back up into the forest. Hike another 1/4 mile, and the trail ends at the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail. If you are doing the Ramona Falls Loop, it is best done counter-clockwise, so head straight (east) on the PCT. Check out the Ramona Falls Loop featured hike for info on the entire loop.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict