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Difference between revisions of "Herman Creek-Wyeth Hike"

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  • Start point: Herman Creek TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Wyeth Trailhead
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: In and out
  • Distance: 10.8 miles round trip
  • High Point: 960 feet
  • Elevation gain: 2175 feet round-trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Year-Round
  • Family Friendly: Yes (as a car shuttle)
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

This is a low-level hike, good for rainy days and winter months as there are no expansive views. The section on the Gorge Trail, which ends at the Wyeth Trailhead is the last addition to that project. The hike covers typical low-level Gorge topography, fauna and vegetation: coniferous woods with a liberal dosage of big-leaf maple, creek crossings, and several talus slopes; you will almost certainly see woodpeckers, Pacific wrens, and silently-flitting varied thrushes. In fall, fungi are profuse, but as with other sections of the Gorge Trail, the sounds of the Gorge as transportation corridor are never far away.

From the parking area at the Herman Creek Trailhead, head down the Herman Creek Trail #406 under big-leaf maple, Douglas-fir and western hemlock. The trail drops a little and then switchbacks up five times to a powerline corridor. Ascend to the right through the powerline corridor and enters a mossy boulder field with a contorted Douglas-fir looming over it. The trail traverses upward and switchbacks twice. Reach the Herman Creek-Herman Bridge Trail Junction and keep left. The trail rises and then levels. From a gap in the trees, one can see the Pacific Crest Trail cutting across scree slopes below the Benson Plateau. At a bend, keep right and head up the old road track in lush forest. The road bed levels and reaches the junction at the Herman Creek Forest Camp with the Gorge Trail and the Gorton Creek Trail going off to the left.

Take the Gorge Trail #400, the first trail on the left, and head into Douglas-fir/Oregon grape woods. The trail begins to drop under Douglas-firs, hemlocks, big-leaf maples and vine maples. Oregon grape and sword fern are the main carpet plants. The woods are mossy, dark and deep. Watch for the pileated woodpeckers that frequent this part of the forest. The trail rises slightly in a cedar grove and you cross a creek. Pass above a huge boulder that tumbled from above centuries ago. Enter open secondary forest and can see the powerline corridor below. At a mossy talus slope, the Washington side of the Gorge is visible: Wind Mountain, Home Valley, the Columbia, and Dog Mountain. A couple of ancient Douglas-firs survive on the talus. The trail drops and you cross rushing Grays Creek and then a second, smaller tributary. Pass across another open talus slope with a rocky rampart above. At the third talus slope, there’s a great view of Wind and Dog Mountains. Traverse three narrower talus slopes with more views. Then, head down to a brand new footbridge over Gorton Creek and the Gorge-Wyeth Trail Junction. Go left here to reach the Wyeth Trailhead. Go up an old road bed alongside Gorton Creek


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass required at both trailheads

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland, by Paul Gerald
  • 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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