Hike Herman Creek to the Pinnacles

Herman Creek Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

This is a great year-round hike, which leads to a couple of interesting and picturesque geological formations.

From the trailhead, hike up the trail for a little over a half mile until you reach the junction with the Herman Bridge Trail. At the junction, make a right and head down to the Herman Creek Bridge. Once you make it to the bridge, the trail climbs, and can get a little steep as you head toward the Pacific Crest Trail.

Once you arrive at the the Crest Trail, head downhill to the right. From this point, you're getting close. In roughly a half mile, you'll reach the pinnacles, so break out your camera. Just a quick note of caution, the pinnacles aren't safe for climbing on.

One other point of interest is the Pacific Crest Falls, which you'll pass as you head to the pinnacles from the Crest Trail. Once you've taken it all in, simply head back the way you came.

Looking for a spot to grab a bite and a beer once you make it back into Portland? Head to Apex Bar for good beers on tap and tacos right next door.

Photos: Karl Johnson, Darrell Wyatt, Brittany

Distance

5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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One of the best running trails in the Gorge

The Herman Creek trail is wide and smooth, unlike so many of the rocky trails typical to the Gorge. You can run forever, too - past the Pinnacles, Indian Point, Rainy Lake, and even all the way to Wahtum Lake. The long-distance options make this one of the best trails for endurance athletes and marathon training.

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