Ramona Falls looks like someone melded a waterfall with the inside of a beehive! In fact, the type of rock formation it flows over is called “honeycombed!” This awe-inspiring little beauty is a highly picturesque and unique waterfall. This geological gem is located on the western side of Mount Hood, Oregon, in the United States. This beautiful waterfall is located within the boundaries of the Mount Hood National Forest, though it is not widely known to tourists. Ramona Falls may only be accessed via a hike along a rugged trail (which likely explains why it is little known!). The area of forest in which the waterfall is found is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Further accentuating its great natural beauty is the fact that Ramona Falls is also situated within a deeply shaded grotto. The combined effect is incredible! This waterfall was first discovered by Europeans in 1845 though it had long been known by the local Native Americans.
Ramona Falls Unique Geological Characteristics
Ramona Falls sits at an elevation of approximately 3,560 ft (1,090 m) above sea level. The waterfall consists of a series of cascades, with a total height of approximately 120 ft (37 m). The incredibly unique structure of Ramona Falls is due to a unique confluence of conditions. Nothing this beautiful could EVER be “common,” could it? The waterfall is fed by the Sandy River, which is in turn fed by glacial melt from nearby Mount Hood (so, beautiful but cold!). The rocks the water flows over are the remnants of an ancient volcanic flow (talk about “running hot and cold!”). When the basaltic flow cooled, it fractured into numerous vertical hexagonal columns. Later erosion created a honeycombed pattern among them. As the water flows over Ramona Falls it flows in numerous varied patterns, following this honeycomb shape.
Todd Sain Sr.