Trip Report: Roaring River Wilderness, Dry Ridge Trail
Location: Roaring River Wilderness: Dry Ridge Trail #518 - Mt Hood National Forest
Conditions: 60 Degrees, Partial sunshine
Duration: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Lots of uphill in the beginning. Not rocky though.
Usefull links: www.fs.usda.gov
The Roaring river wilderness is a beautiful piece of untouched forest inside the Mt. Hood National Forest. It is filled with rich green foliage and the classic PNW moss everyone that we all love. One thing about this wilderness area that I love it that it really is quite secluded. We only saw one other person on the trail and that was on a Saturday. (pretty impressive compared to the classic Columbia River Gorge hikes)
The dry ridge trail was very gorgeous. We experienced many little critters on the ground while walking like salamanders, slugs, and spiders. There were also tons of birds that filled the forest with a pleasing sound. The trail took us to multiple viewpoints that look over the wonderful ridges around the Clackamas river. There were also a few small creek crossings which is great if you're planning on filtering water along the hike. We only went for about 3 miles each way but would highly recommend hiking the whole trail because I've heard there are some wonderful peaks to see. Next time I go it will absolutely be for a couple days and nights! Go check it out!