Ramona Falls looks like someone blended a waterfall with the inside of a beehive. In fact, the type of rock formation it flows over remains called honeycombed.
This awe-inspiring little beauty forms a highly picturesque and unique waterfall. This geological gem sits on the western side of Mount Hood, Oregon, in the United States. This beautiful cascade also finds itself within the boundaries of the Mount Hood National Forest, though it remains little known to tourists.
Ramona Falls may only be accessed via a hike along a rugged trail (which likely explains why it stays little known). The area of forest in which the fall sits forms part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Further accentuating its great natural beauty comes the fact that Ramona Falls also formed within a deeply shaded grotto. The combined effect seems incredible. This site 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 roughly 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 numerously varied patterns, following this honeycomb shape.