Herman Creek Trail

Herman Creek Trail #406 to Wahtum Lake

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Length: 11.5 miles
Trail Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Facilities available: Parking, Restrooms, Picnicing, Drinking Water, Camping
Season of Use: March to December
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation: 179 ft to 3960 ft.
Visitor Use: Medium

Northwest Forest Pass Required for parking
Directions to Herman Creek Trail

Eastbound I-84 – Take Cascade Locks exit # 44. Drive under I-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. The trailhead is at the west end of the campground. Westbound I-84 – Take 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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Herman Creek Trail Description

Herman Creek Trail contains the largest surviving forest of old growth Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock in the Columbia River Gorge. The trail also features waterfalls, moss carpeted creeks, sub-alpine lake and vistas. The trail starts at Herman Creek Campground. You can camp along the way at Cedar Swamp or Mud Lake. Your hike can end at Wahtum Lake or you can make a loop on the Benson Plateau by using Pacific Crest Trail 2000. Trail is 11.2 Miles Long, and ends at the Pacific Crest Trail. Turn left on the Pacific Crest Trail and follow it .3 miles to Wahtum Lake. Hiking to the junction with Casey Creek Trail 476 would make a good all day hike. To Casey Creek Trail 476 junction and back would be right at 8 miles.


USFS Herman Creek Trail web page