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Columbia Gorge Recreation PassesThis handy guide to Gorge recreation passes & permits explains what pass is needed at trailheads and where to buy the pass.
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This hike takes you up to an outstanding 270-degree view.
Angels Rest-Devil’s Rest Loop Hike
This loop trail takes you beyond Angel’s Rest and up to spectacular views.
A strenuous climb past Dog Mountain up to great views and spring wildflower shows.
Riverside hiking year-round, bald eagles in the winter.
Enjoy views up and down the Gorge from this volcanic monolith with a steep but safe and historic trail to the top.
Bell Creek Loop
This hike takes you up a very lightly used trail through varied forests and creeks toward Larch Mountain.
Benson Plateau Loop
Hike up the Pacific Crest Trail to Benson Plateau through beautiful forests on a well-maintained trail.
Bridal Veil Falls
A short, paved trail down to a beautiful waterfall. Great for families, elderly hikers or a quick hike.
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.The full loop can be hiked from July 16 - January 31. The lower portion of the Cape Horn trail is closed annually from February 1-July 15 to protect sensitive Peregrine Falcon habitat.
Cape Horn, Upper
This trail climbs to incredible views and has spectacular delphinium blooms 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.
Catherine Creek Arch Loop
This south-facing trail takes you to views of a natural rock arch and amazing wildflowers in the spring.
Catherine Creek Labyrinth Out and Back
Hike through beautiful rock structures, oak woodlands and wildflowers galore in the spring.
Catherine Creek Universal Access
This relatively flat, paved trail makes for a nice hike anytime of year. March and April are the peak wildflower blooms.
Columbia Hills State Park
This brief road hike leads to mountain views and wildflowers in the spring, but is a great year-round hike.
Dalles Mountain Ranch
Meander through the lovely hillsides of Columbia Hills State Park.
This stunning property is owned by Friends’ Land Trust and can only be accessed on Friends-led events.
Deschutes River Trail
A rails-to-trails trail along the Deschutes River. Great year-round for hiking or mountain biking.
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.
A popular and tough hike to a 360-degree view from the summit. Abundant wildflowers in May.
Dry Creek Falls (and Herman Creek Pinnacles)
Follow this segment of the Pacific Crest Trail through beautiful Gorge wilderness to a historic falls.
Dry Creek Falls, Herman Creek
A beautiful hike along a well-maintained trail to a waterfall. This hike has great fall color shows.
Eagle Creek to High Bridge
Waterfalls, cliffs and bridges abound on the Eagle Creek trail.
Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls
This is a Gorge classic. Hike into Eagle Creek Canyon covered in lush green forests to iconic Punchbowl Falls.
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
This waterfall-rich trail leads to a splendid one-of-a-kind waterfall you can walk behind.
Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake
This is a great backpacking trail that climbs from Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake.
Eightmile Creek Falls
A beautiful 50-ft waterfall tucked into a small canyon just northwest of Horsethief Butte.
A lovely hike to the most beautiful Gorge waterfall you’ve probably never visited.
Falls Creek Falls
A beautiful hike up a creek to a breathtaking three-tiered waterfall. Great for families.
Ferry Springs Loop
A difficult hike that takes you up the Deschutes River to great views and spring wildflower opportunities.
This is a short stroll through an area rich in pioneer history, just west of Bonneville Dam.
Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge
A great birding and wildlife viewing area close to Vancouver and Portland. An easy walk through a unique ecosystem.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.
Take a stroll through forest, clear-cut, and re-inhabited landslide to a brightly colored lake overlooking Hamilton and Greenleaf Mountains.
Green Point Ridge
A great endurance climb up to alpine lakes and scenic views.
A great year-round hike with lakes, streams and spectacular views.
Hamilton Mountain Loop
This challenging trail has it all: waterfalls, craggy cliffs, deep forests, superb vistas, and a nice loop option.
Hardy Falls & Rodney Falls (Pool of Winds)
A family-friendly hike to two superb waterfalls.
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.
Herman Creek Trailhead to Casey Creek
Hike up a beautiful section of the Pacific Crest Trail past quiet creeks and superb views.
Herman Creek Trailhead to Mud Lake
This long-distance hike takes you to several streams, waterfalls and an alpine lake.
This hike begins at the Starvation Creek trailhead and is a great short hike to several waterfalls.
Horsetail Falls Loop
This classic loop takes you past three breathtaking waterfalls (one which you get to walk behind!) with an option of a fourth. Stunning views, one-of-a-kind Oneonta Gorge, and lush green forests make this a hike not to be missed!
Horsetail, Ponytail & Triple Falls
Three waterfalls, one unique slot canyon, and epic views are all packed into this quintessential western Gorge hike.Nov 4: The trail to Triple Falls is closed due to a significant landslide on Trail #424 about a mile from the Oneonta TH. One can still hike the Horsetail Falls-Oneonta Loop though.
This is an easy hike around the perimeter of Horsethief Butte with great Columbia River views.
Horsethief Lake Petroglyphs
A veritable outdoor museum exposing hikers to Native American petroglyphs and rare geologic history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
A modest hike to four delightful waterfalls a short distance from I-84.
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 along the way, so beware with kids.Closed due to snow.
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.
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.
Latourell Falls Loop
Take an easy jaunt to this majestically tall waterfall, and then continue on to discover the two-tiered Upper Latourell Falls.
Latourell Falls Short Loop
Latourell Falls is the closest of the Columbia Gorge waterfalls to Portland. Two paths lead either to a viewpoint or to the base of the falls. The falls, a 249 foot plunge, is beautiful in all seasons.
Lyle Cherry Orchard
Beautiful scenery and south-facing slopes make this a great hike. Makes for a wonderful wildflower hike in March and April.
A strenuous and rugged trail up to amazing views.
Mosier Creek Falls
A lovely waterfall cascading into a local swimming hole. A wonderful spot to lounge on a hot summer day!
Beautiful views of the mid and western Gorge, as well as stellar wildflowers in the spring.
Mosier Twin Tunnels
Hike or bike a piece of the restored Historic Columbia River Highway between Hood River and Mosier.
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.
Hike a historical trail to the top of this iconic falls.
Multnomah Falls – Franklin Ridge Loop
A great hike that takes you to Multnomah Falls as well as other creeks and waterfalls.
Multnomah Falls – Larch Mountain Loop
A long hike up to the top of Larch Mountain that includes many waterfalls and creeks.
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.
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.
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. Projected re-open date is in February. Posted September 19, 2014.
Hike this blistering trail to a great viewpoint overlooking the Gorge.
Nick Eaton Ridge Loop
Escape the crowds on this seldom-used trail leading up to great views and many trail options.
A challenging hike up to a small alpine lake and great views of the Gorge.
Oneonta Gorge to Lower Oneonta Falls
A water trail ideal for hot summer days, not accessible most of the year
Panther Creek Falls
One of the most amazing waterfalls in the region is only a short walk to a perfectly-perched wooden viewing platform.
Pierce National Wildlife Refuge
Guided tours are available with Friends on this National Wildlife Refuge trail in the spring and fall.
Rooster Rock Loop
A loop hike along the shores of the Columbia River and iconic Rooster Rock.
An easy stroll in the eastern Gorge with features from the ice age floods, great views of the river, and wildflowers in late spring.
This hike is strenuous, but the views of the Gorge and Eagle Creek canyon, and wildflowers in mid-spring are worth it.
Sams Walker Loop Hike
An easy, mile-long hike along the shores of the Columbia River.
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.
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.
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.
Starvation Creek Falls, OR
A short walk to an impressive waterfall full of history and directly off of I-84.
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop, OR
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.
Starvation Creek to Warren Lake
A difficult hike to Warren Lake, just below the summit of Mount Defiance.
A no-elevation gain hike that meanders around Strawberry/Hamilton Island. Great birding, wildflowers and views of the Columbia River.
Table Mountain (from Bonneville Trailhead)
A long-distance hike up to some of the best views in the Gorge.
Table Mountain (Heartbreak Ridge)
This expert-level hike leads you up to incredible views and diverse trail features.
Tanner Butte Trail
A strenuous hike with lots of elevation gain and distance, leading to incredible vistas.
Tanner Ridge, Dublin Lake
A hike up to a scenic alpine lake surrounded by peaceful forest.
The Dalles Riverfront Trail
A family friendly trail that provides lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.
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.
An easy, paved, year-round trail great for walking or biking.
This scenic trail takes you above Oneonta Gorge and on to the unique Triple Falls.Nov 4: The trail to Triple Falls is closed due to a significant landslide on Trail #424 about a mile from the Oneonta TH. One can still hike the Horsetail Falls-Oneonta Loop though.
Upper McCord Creek Falls
This is a beautiful, easygoing hike to a spectacular double waterfall.
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.
A great beginner trail leading to a beautiful waterfall.
Wahkeena Falls to Fairy Falls to Wahkeena Springs
A steep hike up to delicate Fairy Falls above Wahkeena Falls.
Wauna Point Trail
A little-used trail leading to views of Mt. Rainer, Mt. Hood and the Gorge.
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.
Weldon Wagon Trail
A great year-round eastern Gorge trail that wanders through oak woodlands, thick Ponderosa pine forests and spring wildflower meadows.
Whistle Punk Interpretive Trail
A great family-friendly, historical interpretative trail.
Wyeth Ridge, North Lake, Bear Lake
A strenuous hike up to alpine lakes.