Herman Creek (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
Trail Description Driving DirectionsStart your hike at the Herman Creek Trailhead. Head up the trail until you pass the Gordon Creek cutoff and the Nick Eaton Ridge cutoff trails, and then will slowly climb high above Herman Creek. After you enter the Hatfield Wilderness, you will start to pass by streams that have beautiful waterfalls. At about four miles, you will come to the Casey Creek cutoff trail and a nice camp area. There is a short, steep trail off to the right that leads down toward Herman Creek and through one of the largest stands of Old Growth forest in the Columbia River Gorge.
Shortly past this campsite, cross Casey Creek and continue your gentle climb toward Mud Lake. At about seven miles, the intersection of Trail #410 could provide an alternate route back. This trail climbs another 1500' and follows Nick Eaton Ridge back to the Gordon Creek cutoff trail that you encountered earlier on this hike. To continue on to Mud Lake, travel about another 2 miles. After a quick climb, you will see the Mud Lake sign nailed to a tree on your left. From here, it is a short downhill walk to the lake. The lake is in its prime in mid to late summer.
Please note: Depending on how far you hike from this trailhead, you may be entering the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Wilderness restrictions apply. + Read More