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Columbia Gorge Recreation Passes

Some Gorge hikes require recreation passes. Hikes on U.S. Forest Service lands require a Northwest Forest Pass. Hikes on Washington State Parks lands require a Discover Pass. This handy one-page guideRequires Adobe Reader  to Gorge recreation passes explains which pass you need for which trailhead or park, and where to buy the pass.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Angels Rest

This hike takes you up to an outstanding 270-degree view.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 10.7 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Angels Rest-Devil’s Rest Loop Hike

This loop trail takes you beyond Angel’s Rest and up to spectacular views.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 16.0 miles
Difficulty: expert

Augspurger Mountain

A strenuous climb past Dog Mountain up to great views and spring wildflower shows.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 0.75 miles
Difficulty: easy

Balfour-Klickitat

Riverside hiking year-round, bald eagles in the winter.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Beacon Rock

Enjoy views up and down the Gorge from this volcanic monolith with a steep but safe and historic trail to the top.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 14.5 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Bell Creek Loop

This hike takes you up a very lightly used trail through varied forests and creeks toward Larch Mountain.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 16.2 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Benson Plateau Loop

Hike up the Pacific Crest Trail to Benson Plateau through beautiful forests on a well-maintained trail.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: easy

Bridal Veil Falls

A short, paved trail down to a beautiful waterfall. Great for families, elderly hikers or a quick hike.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 7.7 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Cape Horn Loop

A moderate trail through a pleasant forest of coniferous and deciduous trees, sweeping views of the Columbia Gorge, stunning wildflowers in the spring, and fantastic autumn foliage in the fall.

NOTE:  The lower portion of the Cape Horn trail is closed annually from February 1-July 15 to protect sensitive Peregrine Falcon habitat. The closure is 1/4 mile south of WA Highway 14 to Cape Horn Rd. Failure to respect the closure can result in a $100 fine, and future use of the trail is dependent on hikers respecting this closure. During the closure, hike the Cape Horn, Upper trail. Thanks!
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Cape Horn, Upper

This is now an official trail that climbs to incredible views and has spectacular delphinium bloom in May.

This is the trail route to be used while the lower portion of the Cape Horn trail is closed (annually, February 1 - July 15) to protect sensitive Peregrine Falcon habitat. The closure is 0.25 mile south of SR-14 to Cape Horn Rd. Failure to respect the closure can result in a $100 fine, and future use of the trail is dependent on hikers respecting this closure.
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: easy

Catherine Creek Arch Loop

This south-facing trail takes you to views of a natural rock arch and amazing wildflowers in the spring.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Catherine Creek Labyrinth Out and Back

Hike through beautiful rock structures, oak woodlands and wildflowers galore in the spring.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Catherine Creek Universal Access

Kick of the hiking season with this lovely paved trail overlooking the Columbia. Check out the grasswidows – more and more coming into bloom!

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Columbia Hills State Park

This brief road hike leads to mountain views and wildflowers in the spring, but is a great year-round hike.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance:
Difficulty: moderate

Dalles Mountain Ranch

Meander through the lovely hillsides of Columbia Hills State Park.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3-4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Dancing Rock

This stunning property is owned by Friends’ Land Trust and can only be accessed on Friends-led events.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 22.6 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Deschutes River Trail

A rails-to-trails trail along the Deschutes River. Great year-round for hiking or mountain biking.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 100 ft.
Difficulty: easy

Dog Creek Falls

Immediately off Hwy 14 is a 25-ft cascading waterfall just east of Dog Mountain. Next time your driving by, pull off and take a look.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 6.9 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Dog Mountain

A popular and tough hike to a 360-degree view from the summit. Abundant wildflowers in May.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4.4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Dry Creek Falls (and Herman Creek Pinnacles)

Follow this segment of the Pacific Crest Trail through beautiful Gorge wilderness to a historic falls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8.6 miles
Difficulty: easy

Dry Creek Falls, Herman Creek

A beautiful hike along a well-maintained trail to a waterfall. This hike has great fall color shows.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 6.4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Eagle Creek to High Bridge

Waterfalls, cliffs and bridges abound on the Eagle Creek trail.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3.8 miles
Difficulty: easy

Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls

This is a Gorge classic. Hike into Eagle Creek Canyon covered in lush green forests to iconic Punchbowl Falls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 12.0 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls

This waterfall-rich trail leads to a splendid one-of-a-kind waterfall you can walk behind.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 26.5 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake

This is a great backpacking trail that climbs from Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 100 ft.
Difficulty: easy

Eightmile Creek Falls

A beautiful 50-ft waterfall tucked into a small canyon just northwest of Horsethief Butte.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Elowah Falls

A lovely hike to the most beautiful Gorge waterfall you’ve probably never visited.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3.4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Falls Creek Falls

A beautiful hike up a creek to a breathtaking three-tiered waterfall. Great for families.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Ferry Springs Loop

A difficult hike that takes you up the Deschutes River to great views and spring wildflower opportunities.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: easy

Fort Cascades

This is a short stroll through an area rich in pioneer history, just west of Bonneville Dam.This is a short stroll through an area rich in pioneer history, just west of Bonneville Dam.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: easy

Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge

A great birding and wildlife viewing area close to Vancouver and Portland, accessible for an easy walk through a unique eco-system.

NOTE: The northern (eastern) segment of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is closed from October 1 through April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl. The southern (western) segment is open year-round.
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5.4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Gillette Lake

Take a stroll through forest, clear-cut, and re-inhabited landslide to a brightly colored lake overlooking Hamilton and Greenleaf Mountains.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8.8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Green Leaf Overlook

A great year-round hike with lakes, streams and spectacular views.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 15 miles
Difficulty: expert

Green Point Ridge

A great endurance climb up to alpine lakes and scenic views.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 9.4 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Hamilton Mountain Loop

This challenging trail has it all: waterfalls, craggy cliffs, deep forests, superb vistas, and a nice loop option.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Hardy Falls & Rodney Falls (Pool of Winds)

A lovely family-friendly hike with three superb waterfalls, including the Pool of the Winds.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Hardy Ridge Loop

This loop hike at Beacon Rock State Park will treat you to solitude, delightful views, and a great wildflower display in June.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 7.4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Herman Creek Trailhead to Casey Creek

Hike up a beautiful section of the Pacific Crest Trail past quiet creeks and superb views.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 17.8
Difficulty: difficult

Herman Creek Trailhead to Mud Lake

This long-distance hike takes you to several streams, waterfalls and an alpine lake.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Hole-in-the-Wall Falls

This hike begins at the Starvation Creek Trailhead and is a great short hike to several waterfalls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: easy

Horsetail Falls Loop

This classic loop takes you past three breathtaking waterfalls (one which you get to walk behind!) with an option of a forth. Stunning views, one-of-a-kind Oneonta Gorge, and lush green forests make this a hike not to be missed!

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4.4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Horsetail, Ponytail & Triple Falls

Three waterfalls, one unique slot canyon, and epic views are all packed into this quintessential western Gorge hike.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: easy

Horsethief Butte

This is an easy hike around the perimeter of Horsethief Butte with great Columbia River views.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: easy

Horsethief Lake Petroglyphs

A veritable outdoor museum exposing hikers to Native American petroglyphs and rare geologic history.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 7.6 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Indian Point Loop

This trail is well-graded and maintained, with several terrific viewpoints. This is a good winter hike because of low elevation, but watch for blow-downs and washouts across the trail.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Klickitat Trail – Fisher Hill to Klickitat

A section of the Klickitat Trail that starts at the narrow canyon on the Klickitat River and heads up to the town of Klickitat, WA.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Klickitat Trail – Fisher Hill to Pitt

A section of the Klickitat Trail that starts at the narrow canyon on the Klickitat River and heads up to the town of Pitt, WA.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Klickitat Trail – Lyle to Fisher Hill

One of the segments of the Klickitat Trail, leading from the town of Lyle to the historic Fisher Hill Bridge.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 10.2 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Klickitat Trail – Swale Canyon

A section of the Klickitat Trail that breaks away from the Klickitat River and follows Swale Creek through breathtaking Swale Canyon.

Swale Canyon is generally closed from July 1 - October 1 each year because of fire danger. It is closed when the Department of Natural Resources rates the fire danger in Klickitat County as "High".
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5.8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Labyrinth Loop

The hike into the Labyrinth is one of the unrecognized gems of the Gorge, providing scenic views, seasonal wildlfowers, oak woodlands and magical paths through rock formations. This route provides a loop option for more mileage.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: easy

Lancaster Falls

A modest hike to four delightful waterfalls a short distance from I-84.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Larch Mountain Crater

Explore this old and eroded volcanic peak whose soil now supports forests and flowery meadows. There are a few sharp cliff edges are along the way, so beware with kids.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 14.6 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Larch Mountain via Multnomah Falls

This hike on a trail built in 1915 has it all: waterfalls, old growth forests, and a good distance workout. There are a few sharp cliff edges, so beware with kids.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 17.2 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Larch Mountain via Oneonta Trail

This hike is a challenging climb to the top of Larch Mountain, passing several interesting waterfalls and a beautiful section of creek. Later, it climbs hard through forests and open rock slopes, bringing you to old-growth forests. There are a few sharp cliff edges, so beware with kids.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Latourell Falls Loop

Take an easy jaunt to this majestically tall waterfall, and then continue on to discover the two-tiered Upper Latourell Falls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Lyle Cherry Orchard

Beautiful scenery and south-facing slopes make this a great winter hike. Keep your eyes open, there are grass widows popping up here!

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.6 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Mitchell Point

A strenuous and rugged trail up to amazing views.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: .4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Mosier Creek Falls

A lovely waterfall cascading into a local swimming hole. A wonderful spot to lounge on a hot summer day!

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Mosier Plateau

Beautiful views of the mid and western Gorge, as well as stellar wildflowers in the spring.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Mosier Plateau QR Code

Beautiful views of the mid and western Gorge, as well as stellar wildflowers in the spring.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 14 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Mosier Twin Tunnels

Hike or bike a piece of the restored Historic Columbia River Highway between Hood River and Mosier.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 12.2 miles
Difficulty: expert

Mount Defiance

An expert trail up to the highest point in the Gorge with spectacular views, from the eastern Oregon grasslands to the Coast Range as a reward.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.6 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Multnomah Falls

Hike a historical trail to the top of this iconic falls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 12 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Multnomah Falls – Franklin Ridge Loop

A great hike that takes you to Multnomah Falls as well as other creeks and waterfalls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 15.8 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Multnomah Falls – Larch Mountain Loop

A long hike up to the top of Larch Mountain that includes many waterfalls and creeks.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8.4 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Multnomah Falls to Devil’s Rest

A difficult hike past Multnomah Falls, as well as many other falls, is an alternate route to the peak at Devil’s Rest.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8.5 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Multnomah Falls to Nesika Lodge

This hike is on private property and is only accessible with a guide. Friends leads one or two hikes per year to this beautiful lodge owned by the Trails Club of Oregon.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4.8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Multnomah Falls Wahkeena Falls Loop

A moderate hike past Multnomah Falls to the heights of Devil’s Rest and on to Wahkeena Falls.

The ½ mile trail between Wahkeena Falls and Multnomah Falls is closed due to construction. The construction is part of a larger project to redesign the site and improve accessibility. Posted September 19, 2014.
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 10.2 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Nesmith Point

Hike this blistering trail to a great viewpoint overlooking the Gorge.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 14.0 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Nick Eaton Ridge Loop

Escape the crowds on this little-used trail leading up to great views and many, many trail options.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 11.4 miles
Difficulty: expert

North Lake

A challenging hike up to a small alpine lake and great views of the Gorge.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Oneonta Gorge to Lower Oneonta Falls

A water trail ideal for hot summer days, not accessible most of the year

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: .4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Panther Creek Falls

One of the most amazing waterfalls in the region is only a short walk to a perfectly-perched wooden viewing platform.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: easy

Pierce National Wildlife Refuge

Guided tours are available with Friends on this National Wildlife Refuge trail in the spring and fall.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.25 miles
Difficulty: easy

Rooster Rock Loop

A loop hike along the shores of the Columbia River and iconic Rooster Rock.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: easy

Rowena Plateau

An easy stroll in the eastern Gorge with features from the ice age floods, great views of the river, and wildflowers in late spring.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5.6 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Ruckel Creek

This hike is strenuous, but the views of the Gorge and Eagle Creek canyon, and wildflowers in mid-spring are worth it.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: easy

Sams Walker Loop Hike

An easy, mile-long hike along the shores of the Columbia River.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 100 ft.
Difficulty: easy

Shepperd’s Dell Falls

The second waterfall along the Historic Columbia River Highway, coming from the west, is often overlooked by the historical significance of the bridge.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Silver Star Mtn (Ed’s Trail)

A hike up to one of the region’s most stunning viewpoints, with 360-degree views and an immense number of wildflower species.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 0.5 mile
Difficulty: easy

St. Cloud Trail

A universal access trail through an old apple orchard along the Columbia River. A great spot to enjoy the riverside without the crowds.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 100 ft.
Difficulty: easy

Starvation Creek Falls, OR

A short walk to an impressive waterfall full of history and directly off of I-84.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Starvation Creek Ridge Loop, OR

A three cascading waterfalls, incredible views, meadows, and lush forest all packed into 2.5 miles.

NOTE: This trail has loose gravel on hard-packed dirt, is extremely narrow in some sections, and drop-off ledges in addition to the steepness. Also the trail is washed out so there was only a couple inches of trail in several sections.
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: expert

Starvation Creek to Warren Lake

A difficult hike to Warren Lake, just below the summit of Mount Defiance.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Strawberry Island

A no-elevation gain hike that meanders around Strawberry/Hamilton Island. Great birding, wildflowers and views of the Columbia River.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 15.8 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Table Mountain (from Bonneville Trailhead)

A long-distance hike up to some of the best views in the Gorge.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: expert

Table Mountain (Heartbreak Ridge)

This expert-level hike leads you up to incredible views and diverse trail features.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: expert

Tanner Butte Trail

A strenuous hike with lots of elevation gain and distance, leading to incredible vistas.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 6.8 miles
Difficulty: difficult

Tanner Ridge, Dublin Lake

A hike up to a scenic alpine lake surrounded by peaceful forest.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: easy

The Dalles Riverfront Trail

A family friendly trail that provides lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Gorge views on this climb to Tom McCall Point. The wildflowers are at its best in May.

NOTE: The McCall Point trail is open May 1 through October 31. This is the trail on the south side of the HCRH (Hwy 30), not to be confused with Rowena Plateau trail.
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4 miles
Difficulty: easy

Toothrock Trail

An easy, paved, year-round trail great for walking or biking.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Triple Falls

This scenic trail takes you above Oneonta Gorge and on to the unique Triple Falls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: easy

Upper McCord Creek Falls

This is a beautiful, easygoing hike to a spectacular double waterfall.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: easy

Wahclella Falls

An easy hike to one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Gorge. This easy trail is great for families or those looking for a relaxing hike.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.8 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Wahkeena Falls

A great beginner trail leading to a beautiful waterfall.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Wahkeena Falls to Fairy Falls to Wahkeena Springs

A steep hike up to delicate Fairy Falls above Wahkeena Falls.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 9.4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Wauna Point Trail

A little-used trail leading to views of Mt. Rainer, Mt. Hood and the Gorge.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 4 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Wauna Viewpoint Trail

A steep but moderate hike to a 1,000-ft. viewpoint.

Please note: Due to a major landslide, the upper portion of Wauna Trail is inaccessible and dangerous to cross.  Travel is not recommended at this time. Posted 11/18/13.
Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 7.0 miles
Difficulty: moderate

Weldon Wagon Trail

A great year-round eastern Gorge trail that wanders through oak woodlands, thick Ponderosa pine forests and spring wildflower meadows.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: easy

Whistle Punk Interpretive Trail

A great family-friendly, historical interpretative trail.

Location: Western Gorge
Distance: 12.2 miles
Difficulty: expert

Wyeth Ridge, North Lake, Bear Lake

A strenuous hike up to alpine lakes.

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,500 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain

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