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Ruckel Creek-Ruckel Ridge Trail Junction

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Junction of the Ruckel Creek and Ruckel Ridge Trails, taken from the latter (bobcat)



This is a trail junction on the edge of the Benson Plateau. The Ruckel Creek Trail is an official trail that climbs the Ridge on the east side of Ruckel Creek. The Ruckel Ridge Trail is an unofficial, non-maintained trail that climbs from Buck Point right up the crest of Ruckel Ridge. It is possible to miss this junction from the Ruckel Creek Trail although there is a trail sign posted here. Most hikers come up Ruckel Ridge (1) because this junction can be missed and (2) because the Ruckel Ridge Trail is a much steeper descent with poorer footing than the steep Ruckel Creek Trail.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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