A hike along the Herman Creek Trail offers a trek through one of the largest surviving forests of old growth Douglas fir, cedar and hemlock in the Columbia River Gorge. The trail begins in the cool forest and heads left at the first fork. Then climb 0.4 mile to another split in the trail. Keep left here and continue on the trail and an old dirt road up to Herman Camp.
The Herman Creek Trail does not exactly follow Herman Creek but it is easily heard in the canyon below. The trail travels through a nice old-growth forest and has several waterfalls right along the side of the trail. If you are planning a journey to Indian Point, take a left at a sign marked Gorton Creek Trail. At 2.6 miles, you meet up with the Ridge Cutoff Trail. Continue straight for a short distance to an unmarked side trail to the left. This very steep and brushy trail leads down to Indian Point, which offers views of the Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams.
There are several loop opportunities by combining this trail with the Pacific Crest Trail. Many different trips can be planned.
From Interstate 84 East:
Take Cascade Locks Exit #44. Drive under Interstate 84 and through town 1.8 miles to the eastbound entrance ramp. At the stop sign, cross the road and drive east 1.6 miles toward Oxbow Fish Hatchery, then on to Herman Creek Campground.
From Interstate 84 West:
Take the Herman Creek Exit 47. Drive 0.6 mile west on Forest Lane to Herman Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the west end of the campground.
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