The Ramona itself is an out-and-back, 3.5-mile track that begins off Forest Road 1825-024, with the trailhead at the Old Maid Sand Pit, where you'll find a huge gravel parking lot. A Northwest Forest Pass or $5.00 day pass are required to park between May 15th and October 1st. Featuring no amenities, be sure to bring any essentials on your hike, including clean-up bags and water.
The Ramona Falls Trail follows the Sandy River, beginning south of it, then crossing it to follow it on the north. A deep glacial river, the Sandy once had a bridge to cross, but it was lost in river flooding. Now there is a lone tree trunk splayed across the water, which is treacherous enough, but walking through the river to cross can be deadly when it's turbulent and roaring. It's impawtant to assist your pup and to look for the most reasonable spot and time to cross.
The Ramona Creek is another water feature, but it is much gentler and pleasant as you and the pooch walk beside it, listening to its babbling and enjoying the lush vegetation that grows alongside. You'll walk through a forest populated with Douglas fir, mountain hemlock and lodgepole pine, on the soft, silent surface of moss and lichen. Some of the climbing is intense, while other sections are mild, and you'll climb 1000 feet surrounded by towering cliffs and pawome, barktiful wildflowers.
When you reach the Falls, you'll find an observation deck, and there's an extension of the trail directly to the cascading water for those who want to get closer. The effect of thin basalt erosion "fingers" down its length is one of lacy draping or a veil, and the mist coming from the lace provides a pawrfect backdrop for viewing the greenery and wet, shining rocks.
Whether you live in Portland or are visiting the area, a hike on the Ramona Falls Trail and the view of the falls is a must-do for you and your fur-baby!