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Columbia River Gorge Hikes

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Trans-Gorge Hikes


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Mark O. Hatfield Trail Difficult 60.0 13,500 Five-night backpack through the Hatfield Wilderness
Columbia Gorge Trail Moderate 0.0 0 River level transect of the western Columbia Gorge (placeholder)

Cape Horn Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Cape Horn Loop Hike Moderate 7.1 1350 Trail loop in the western Gorge with spectacular clifftop views and a waterfall
Cape Horn Summit Hike Moderate 3 800 Moderate hike to a unique Gorge view
St Cloud Loop Hike Easy - - A universal access trail through a 50 year old apple orchard
Sams Walker Loop Hike Easy - - A stroll through native oak forests with views of the river


Crown Point Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Western Gorge - Oregon side
Lewis and Clark Park Hike Easy 3.0 100 Noisy hike under Broughton Bluff and to climbing walls
Sandy River Delta Hike Easy 4.2 100 Quasi-trailless romp to the Columbia River
Rooster Rock Loop Hike Easy 3.0 100 Shaded path to a riverside landmark
Featured.GIF Latourell Falls Hike Easy 2.4 520 Two beautiful waterfalls
Sheppard's Dell Easy 0.3 50 Paved Stroll to a small waterfall
Bridal Veil Loop Hike Easy 0.5 0 Paved, all-access trail to river viewpoints
Bridal Veil Falls Hike Easy 0.6 70 Downhill trail to waterfall


Angel's Rest Trailhead
Featured.GIF Angel's Rest Hike Moderate 4.8 1450 Outstanding 270 degree rocky summit
Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop Hike Moderate 10.9 2770 A loop beyond Angel's Rest


Multnomah Falls Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Larch Mountain Trailhead
Larch Mountain Crater Hike Moderate 5.9 1310 Explore meadows in the crater of an extinct volcano
Sherrard Point Hike Easy 0.6 170 Brief stair climb to a spectacular viewpoint.


Mist Falls Trailhead
Mist Falls Hike Moderate 0.6 300 Very rough use path to the base of Oregon's second highest waterfall


Wahkeena Trailhead
Devil's Rest via Wahkeena Hike Moderate 7.5 2550 Hike up pretty creek to a Gorge summit
Fairy Falls Hike Moderate 2.0 800 Uphill trail to an intimate waterfall
Featured.GIF Wahkeena Falls Hike Moderate 1.4 600 A paved trail past the falls to a viewpoint


Multnomah Falls Trailhead
Cougar Rock via Elevator Shaft Hike Difficult 6.7 1860 Lost trail up talus slope to unique outcrop
Larch Mountain Hike Difficult 14.4 4010 Trail of many falls to majestic 360 degree viewpoint
Featured.GIF Multnomah Falls Hike Moderate 2.6 700 Paved switchbacks to top of state's highest falls
Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop Hike Moderate 4.9 1600 A classic loop with 10 waterfalls


Oneonta Trailhead
Bell Creek Loop Hike Difficult 14.5 3330 Lessor used trail through varied forests, creeks
Larch Mountain via Oneonta Trail Hike Difficult 17.2 4400 Longer, quieter option to the top of Larch Mountain
Featured.GIF Triple Falls Hike Moderate 3.2 610 Lush forest hike to a beautiful unique falls


Oneonta Gorge Trailhead
Featured.GIF Oneonta Gorge Hike Moderate 1.0 0 Wade up creek to spectacular hidden waterfall


Horsetail Falls Trailhead
Horsetail Falls Loop Hike Easy 2.6 610 Nice lower elevation loop for beginners
Featured.GIF Ponytail Falls Hike Easy 0.8 360 Short steep hike to a walk-behind waterfall
Rock of Ages Loop Hike Difficult 10.0 3000 Scramble up an unmaintained trail past unique rock features


Ainsworth Picnic Area
Ainsworth Loop Hike Easy 0.4 150 Easy nature loop for kids over 8


John B Yeon Trailhead
Featured.GIF Elowah Falls Hike Easy 1.4 280 Easy hike to an impressive falls
Munra Point from Yeon Trailhead Hike Moderate 7.4 2270 Fun, difficult scramble to a 360 viewpoint
Nesmith Point Hike Difficult 10.6 3800 Classic conditioner hike through beautiful box canyon
Nesmith-Oneonta Traverse Hike Difficult 14.1 3800 Lesser used one-way shuttle over Yeon Mt
Nesmith-Tanner Traverse Hike Difficult 16.7 4350 One-way shuttle hike to Tooth Rock Trailhead
Upper McCord Creek Falls Hike Easy 2.0 400 Moderate hike to a viewpoints and waterfall


Beacon Rock Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Beacon Rock State Park
Featured.GIF Beacon Rock Hike Easy 1.8 680 Mile of cliffside stairways up popular landmark
Little Beacon Rock Loop Hike Easy 1.9 200 Lazy loop featuring a rock garden
Featured.GIF Hamilton Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 7.5 2100 Two Waterfalls and views of the Gorge
Pool of the Winds Hike Easy 2.2 700 Easy hike to see two falls on Hamilton Mountain
Featured.GIF Hardy Ridge Loop Hike Moderate 8.1 2200 Quiet loop hike through the forest up to a long ridgetop with great early summer wildflowers


Table Mountain Complex
Aldrich Butte Hike Moderate 3.2 1070 Easy hike to historic viewpoint
Aldrich Butte-Cedar Falls Loop Hike Difficult 5.8 1770 Forgotten trails near Hamilton Creek
Fort Cascades Hike Easy 1.5 20 Historic hike with restored displays
Fort Rains Hike Easy 1.6 40 Flat hike on an historic right-of-way
Two Chiefs Trail Hike Moderate 7.8 1270 Hike just below the massive cliffs of Table Mountain
Table Mountain from Aldrich Butte Trailhead Hike Difficult 8.0 3350 Difficult hike to best views in Gorge
Table Mountain from Bonneville Hike Difficult 15.8 3350 Difficult hike to best views in Gorge
Table Mountain Loop Hike Difficult 8.0 3350 Heartbreak Ridge Loop
Gillette Lake Hike Easy 5.4 630 Easy trail to green lake under power lines


Eagle Creek Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Wahclella Falls Trailhead
Munra Point from Wahclella Hike Difficult 5.8 1870 Fun scramble to a great 360 degree viewpoint
Featured.GIF Wahclella Falls Hike Easy 2.0 200 Easy, pretty hike to a beautiful waterfall


Tooth Rock Trailhead
Dublin Lake Hike Difficult 13.8 3780 Hike over a ridge to small, secluded lake
Tanner Creek Hike Moderate 12.2 1400 Hike to a forgotten part of Tanner Creek above Wahclella Falls
Tanner Cutoff Loop Hike Difficult 14.4 3700 Shorter hike for those that aren't ready for Tanner Butte
Tanner Butte Hike Difficult 18.0 4500 Super long, strenuous day hike. Better as a backpack.
Tanner-Eagle Traverse Hike Difficult 23.6 4300 Mega miles and mega scenery for the hard workers in the group
Tooth Rock Loop Hike Easy 1.8 220 A great historical hike looking at two bygone eras of transportation
Wauna Point Hike Moderate 9.0 2800 Moderate hike to great viewpoint of Bonneville Dam area
Wauna Viewpoint from Tooth Rock Hike Moderate 4.0 1050 View to a lower viewpoint of Bonneville Dam


Eagle Creek Trailhead
Buck Point Hike Moderate 1.8 570 Quick hike to a viewpoint over Bridge of the Gods
Eagle-Benson Loop Hike Difficult 15.8 4260 Almost forgotten loop hike
Featured.GIF High Bridge Hike Moderate 6.4 480 Waterfalls, cliffs and bridges
Featured.GIF Punchbowl Falls Hike Moderate 3.8 500 Cliffside hike to the most photographed waterfall in the area
Ruckel Ridge Loop Hike Difficult 9.0 3700 The quintessential rough trail. NOT for beginners
Featured.GIF Tunnel Falls Hike Moderate 12.0 1640 Waterfall-rich trail to splendid walk-behind waterfall
Wahtum Lake via Eagle Creek Hike Difficult 26.5 5310 Backpack option for Eagle Creek lovers
Wahtum Lake via Ruckel Creek Hike Difficult 13.4 3700 Tough backpack option to Wahtum Lake
Wauna Viewpoint from Eagle Creek Hike Moderate 3.6 1050 View to a lower viewpoint of Bonneville Dam


Cascade Locks Trailhead
Cascade Locks West Loop Hike Easy 3.1 100 Easy loop hike makes for a lazy afternoon


Pacific Crest Trail Trailhead
Featured.GIF Dry Creek Falls Hike Easy 4.4 710 Moderate hike to pretty, historic falls
Rudolph Spur Loop Hike Difficult 10.4 3810 Steep climb up an abandoned trail


Waucoma Ridge Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Upper Mount Defiance and Rainy Lake Trailheads
Mount Defiance from Wahtum Lake Road Hike Easy 3.2 1145 The short route to the Mt. Defiance summit
Bear Lake Hike Easy 2.6 480 Up and down walk to a secluded lake
Waucoma Lakes Loop Hike Difficult 16.5 3170 Visit four lakes on the north side of Waucoma Ridge and get some views, too!
Green Point Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 8.0 1275 Easily graded hike to a ridge high point and two lakes


Wahtum Lake Trailhead
Featured.GIF Mud Lake Hike Moderate 7.4 1400 Moderate hike to a secluded lake below Waucoma Ridge
Tomlike Mountain Hike Moderate 6.8 1565 Take a user trail along the wide open Woolly Horn Ridge
Featured.GIF Chinidere Mountain Hike Moderate 5.6 1140 Wahtum Lake and views from Chinidere summit


Starvation Creek Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Herman Creek Trailhead
Benson Plateau Loop Hike Difficult 16.2 4080 Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail up to Benson Plateau
Casey Creek Loop Hike Difficult 11.3 3995 Strenuous loop to high meadows and viewpoints on Nick Eaton Ridge
Herman Creek Pinnacles Hike Easy 5.0 1000 Easy hike past a waterfall to an interesting basalt formation
Herman Creek-Wyeth Hike Moderate 10.8 2175 Low level in and out hike using the easternmost section of the Gorge Trail
Indian Point Loop Hike Moderate 7.6 2800 Loop hike to a prominent basalt pinnacle overlooking the Columbia
Nick Eaton Ridge Loop Hike Difficult 14.0 3840 Longer hike with ridge meadows and nice views at the high point
Rainy Lake via Gorton Creek Trail Hike Difficult 23.0 5230 Long ridge hike to a lake on Waucoma Ridge
Wahtum Lake via Herman Creek Hike Difficult 22.2 5070 In and out day hike or backpack via the beautiful Herman Creek Trail
Wahtum Lake via Pacific Crest Trail Hike Difficult 33.8 6010 Long in and out hike across the Benson Plateau to Wahtum Lake


Wyeth Trailhead
North Lake Hike Difficult 12.8 4220 A hike of many switchbacks to lush old growth and a high lake
Gorton Creek Falls Hike Moderate 1.2 150 A wet creek scramble to a hidden waterfall


Shellrock Mountain Trailhead
Shellrock Mountain Hike Moderate - -


Starvation Creek Trailhead
Defiance-Starvation Loop Hike Difficult 11.4 4850 Popular loop for very tough summit
Historic Columbia River Highway to Viento Hike Easy - -
Lancaster Falls Hike Easy 1.8 160 Easy hike to three waterfalls
Lower Starvation Loop Hike Moderate 3.0 1,280 Short but sometimes steep loop with views and four waterfalls
Mount Defiance from Columbia River Hike Difficult 10.2 4840 Strenuous hike to the highest point in the Gorge
Starvation Ridge Hike Difficult 6.4 3910 Tough, steep hike on a rocky ridge with views


Mitchell Point Trailhead
Mitchell Point Hike Moderate 2.6 1270 Rustic path to a sweeping viewpoint with wildflower show in spring
Wygant Peak Hike Moderate 6.0 1200 Forest trail past a series of fine viewpoints
Chetwoot Loop Hike Moderate 5.5 1000 Little maintained trail past viewpoints and a creek


Dog Mountain Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Dog Mountain Area
Wind Mountain Hike Moderate 3.0 1000 Easy climb to historic vision quest site
Featured.GIF Dog Mountain Hike Difficult 6.9 2800 Popular and tough hike to 360 summit. Abundant May/June wildflowers
Dog Mountain Loop Hike Difficult 7.4 2800 Longer hike to the top of Dog Mountain. Abundant May/June wildflowers
Augspurger Mountain Hike Difficult 12.6 4770 Adventurous hike on little used trail to great Gorge viewpoint


Rowena Area

Mark Hatfield West Trailhead
Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike Moderate 8.5 1000 In and out hike with magnificent views through historic tunnels


Rowena Crest Trailhead
Rowena Plateau Hike Easy 2.0 200 Stroll though McCall Nature Preserve
McCall Point Hike Moderate 3.6 1070 Moderate climb through wildflower meadows to pretty lookout


Catherine Creek and Farther East


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Coyote Wall Area
Coyote Wall Hike Moderate 7.8 1775 Hike up the rim of a spectacular syncline to enjoy views and wildflowers in spring
Labyrinth Loop Hike Moderate 5.8 1200 Scenic loop with a pair of waterfalls and lots of flowers
Labyrinth Hike Easy 2.0 570 Easy hike with two waterfalls and interesting rock formations


Catherine Creek Trailhead
Catherine Creek Arch Loop Hike Easy 2.0 200 Natural rock arch and wildflowers galore
Catherine Creek West Loop Hike Easy 2.5 700 Northwest from trailhead
Catherine Creek Universal Access Hike Easy 1.2 50 Paved trail overlooking the Columbia River
Catherine Creek to Coyote Wall Hike Moderate 8.2 1750 Trail to Coyote Wall


Lyle Area
Balfour-Klickitat Loop Hike Easy 0.7 115 Short loop on a paved trail to a view over the Klickitat Gorge
Klickitat Trail: Lyle to Klickitat Hike Moderate 13.0 340 One-way hike on a converted rail bed along the scenic Klickitat River
Klickitat Trail: Klickitat Mineral Springs Hike Easy 5.2 50 Flat in and out hike along the Klickitat to mineral springs
Klickitat Trail: Swale Canyon Hike Moderate 15.0 1010 One-way or in and out hikes through a remote valley at the southern end of the High Prairie plateau
Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike Moderate 4.2 1160 Hike steeply uphill to an ancient orchard of cherry trees


Columbia Hills Area
Horsethief Butte Hike Easy 2.1 250 Easy hike and scramble through rocky outcrops to great views of the Columbia River
Stacker Butte-Oak Spring Hike Moderate 7.8 1535 Hike up a road across blooming slopes to a windy summit, then take a spur to a hidden spring


See more Columbia River Gorge hikes and destinations in our Columbia River Gorge hike index

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