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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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34 Hikes
Forest Park - Ridge Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 982 ft.
Highest Point: 1075.0 ft.
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Traverse Forest Park via an out-and-back or a point-to-point, soaking in urban forest that has old growth, wildflowers, mushrooms, berries and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the Willamette and the fantastic St. Johns Bridge. If desired, take a side excursion along one of the connector trails near the Springville Road trailhead for an extended Tualatin Mountains experience.
 
 
Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2770 ft.
Highest Point: 2308.0 ft.
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Explore waterfalls, enjoy expansive views, and have a look at how forest rebounds from fires all along this lovely loop in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Angel's Rest

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
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4.50
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Hike a short, moderately steep trail to Angel's Rest, an exposed bluff with stunning views into the Columbia River Gorge. You'll be able to see the river glittering below your feet at the overlook, which seems close enough for a quick dip, but be careful, it's a long fall from the balcony.
 
 
Eagle Creek

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
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4.75
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A popular hike in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Wahclella Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
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3.50
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This is a hike to a two-tiered waterfall located in a fairyland grotto with many large moss covered boulders.
 
 
Wyeth

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
7.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
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This trail, on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge, weaves through old-growth Doug-firs and offers hikers a nice day hike, or access to longer backpacking loops.
 
 
Mount Defiance (Oregon)

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
8.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 4960.0 ft.
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4.00
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This grind of a hike is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
 
 
Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
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The river level Pinnacles Trail which was an old ranch road follows the John Day River below beautiful and colorful basalt cliffs and pinnacles through sagebrush flats and scenic views of the rolling hills.
 
 
Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 620 ft.
Highest Point: 660.0 ft.
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4.33
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The trail to the bottom of Elowah Falls is closed until further notice due to a massive landslide
This hike is actual a twofer, forking to two paths each leading to a waterfall – go up to Upper McCord Creek’s twin waterfalls, or down to the towering Elowah Falls. Each waterfall has its own character and it is worth visiting both of them.
 
 
Oneonta Gorge

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 385.0 ft.
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4.00
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This lovely trail loops around Oneonta Gorge and takes you behind Ponytail Falls.
 
 
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail - Mosier Twin Tunnels

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 730 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
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3.00
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After it was deemed impractical for cars, the old Columbia River Highway was closed to traffic, and opened to hikers and bikers! The winding route of this historic highway hearkens back to a time when roads were designed for Sunday drives, and the twists and turns of the highway make for a diverting hike or bike along the scenic Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Rowena Plateau and Tom McCall Point

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
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5.00
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For the 2021 season this trail is open to the public between April 1 and October 31
Rowena Crest is a fabulous place to pull off the road and enjoy the sweeping views of the Columbia River. Grasslands, basalt cliffs, and scrub oak forests form the landscape you'll hike through on a trail that climbs steadily with ever-increasing views.
 
 
Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
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This area remains closed. Please respect all trail and facility closures.
Visit a scenic bridge, a lovely little waterfall, and a historic area in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Latourell Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 540 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
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3.00
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The popular Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park offers hikers several loop options, a family friendly one-mile roundtrip accessible walk to the Lower Falls and historic bridge, or a 2 mile loop to also take in the 134-foot Upper Falls, the third tallest in the Columbia Gorge.
 
 
Multnomah Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 611.0 ft.
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3.50
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Multnomah Falls is one of the most beautiful (and popular) in the Columbia River Gorge. And that's saying something, since the Oregon side of the Gorge flows with more than 70 cascades of varying heights. Of course, all that flowing water has made it famous, and its proximity to Portland and Vancouver mean Multnomah is one of the most crowded of these waterfalls as well.
 
 
Mosier Creek Falls and Mosier Plateau

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 540 ft.
Highest Point: 581.0 ft.
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5.00
(3 votes)
This is a short hike to a beautiful two-tiered falls along Mosier Creek on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Continue on to get up to a plateau where views of the Gorge await you.
 
 
Larch Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
14.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4050.0 ft.
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4.00
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A viewpoint of the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side.
 
 
Silver Falls State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
8.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
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5.00
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Located in Central Oregon, this delightful hike in an extremely popular state park is a great day hike diversion for those hoping to venture deeper into Oregon.
 
 
Starvation Creek Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
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A delightful little waterfall tucked off of scenic Interstate 84, Starvation Creek State Park is also the jumping-off point for a handful of other popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Dry Creek Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 870.0 ft.
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3.33
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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs from Mexico to the Canadian border through the Columbia Gorge. While it is well-known for traveling along the waterfall-filled Eagle Creek Trail, purists know that it is an alternate route; the actual trail runs a bit south closer to the Bridge of The Gods. Here, the PCT leads you to the secluded gem of Dry Creek Falls just a few miles away from the noise and bustle of I-84.
 
 
White River Falls State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
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Hike down the canyon to the White River and a historic hydroelectric power at White River Falls State Park. Located just east of Tygh Valley in Oregon, the park also has dramatic waterfalls, fishing, desert flowers in the spring and fiery colors in the fall.
 
 
Wygant Peak Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
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A little-known trail on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. This route escaped damage from the Eagle Creek Fire, but it is still recovering from a flash flood event in 2016 that blew out a bridge crossing Perham Creek.
 
 
Deschutes River

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
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The loop trail combines three of the four trails in the park and takes you along the river a short distance before hiking up the canyon's slopes with increasing views to the 750 foot highpoint.
 
 
Memaloose Hills

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
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This informal trail off of the historic Columbia River Highway is popular in spring for the flowers. But be prepared for your visit — the route winds between parcels of private land, has very limited parking, and is extremely popular on weekends. Do your research and be prepared with a backup location.
 
 
Mitchell Point

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1533.0 ft.
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This is a rugged trail that climbs steeply yet briefly to fabulous views of the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail - Mitchell Point

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
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This is one of several hikeable sections of the old, original Columbia River Highway that spanned the Oregon side of the Gorge. After years of disuse as a highway, this paved trail is slowly being restored so hikers and cyclists can enjoy it.
 
 
Tooth Rock

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
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2.00
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This 2.1 mile loop trail follows a restored section of the historic Columbia River Highway, which was constructed to route around the Tooth Rock (aptly named, for its shape). It then jogs right on a much older road, from the 1850s, before looping back to the beginning.
 
 
Bear Lake

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 475 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
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Newton Creek-Elk Meadows Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
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Tamanawas Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
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