- Elevation: ~1,000 feet
- Distance: 5 miles RT
- NW Forest Pass required at trailhead
We had a late start on the road, but that's alright since it's only a 45 minute drive from Portland. It was an 80 degree day and the temperature felt great the whole hike. The trailhead was busier than expected, however, we only ran into 3 groups of hikers on the relatively short trail. A NW Forest Pass is required to park. The trail climbs quickly in the beginning, which is nice because then the hard part is over. On this hike, be sure to take note of the plants on the forest floor around you. There are lots of succulents, flowers and various types of moss and ferns. At the first fork you come to, take a right following the Herman Bridge Trail. After gaining about 600 or 700 feet in elevation you will find yourself at the Herman Creek Bridge. This is a nice spot to have lunch and put your feet in the water. There are large rocks that you can relax on while taking in the view. You continue upward, gaining 300 more feet or so. When you come to another fork in the path, go right again. This will take you past the Pacific Crest Falls and the Herman Creek Pinnacles. Be sure not to miss the Pacific Crest Falls as it is easy to do so: it's up into the rocky gorge to your left as you pass over the a small stream. If you're up for it, I suspect you can scramble up towards the waterfall (just keep left). Just a bit further down the trail and you'll find yourself at the pinnacles. There are several mini trails around the pinnacles. Keep left and you can sort-of-easily get to the top of one where you will have views of the Columbia River and of Mt. Adams (just the tip) to the east. When done, turn back the way you came for the effortless decent down!
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2012. I quickly identified myself as a hiker. I want to document my experiences so that I can refer to them for myself and others to provide the best hiking experience. I also hope to learn more about hiking from others comments and recommendations.