Darrin says, "Out on Highway 84 towards Mt Hood is the Columbia River Gorge which is snaked with trails and hills. Herman Creek / PCT which is some real hills. About 1 hour from town.
We park at Herman Creek Campground and the start of the Herman Creek Trail http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/trails/trail_406.htm
- Drive up to the Herman Creek Campground and stay right to get to the trail parking.
- You start at the Herman Creek trail which is right at the parking lot by the campground
- This will climb a little to a power line easement.
- Go through the easement and continue on the trail.
- The next junction has a trail going up to the left and one to the right.
- Take the one "down" to the right.
- This will take you down to the creek and over a bridge.
- Continue up the next side till you come to a 'T' with the Pacific Crest Trail (we call it Pain Junction :-) )
- Taking a left you will climb.
- At around 1.5 miles you will see a sign for the Hatfield Wilderness Boundary on a tree (old wooden sign)
- At about another 1.5 miles you would reach Tea Kettle Spring (should have a sign as well)"