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Aa year-round recreational area offering the best of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding, boating, bird watching, photography, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing – the list is endless. Just taking a drive through the Columbia River Gorge is an experience in itself as you will be in awe of this spectacular geological wonder. The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America, starting in northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia, and traveling over 1,200 miles to the ocean. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge. A visit to the area is not complete without a visit to the breathtaking waterfalls.
Perfect hike to see many waterfalls. Punchbowl falls is very unique shape. Not very hard or steep, but very very long. Did this in the end of November and was not prepared to get drenched in constant water. Wear waterproof everything. One bridge is broken, which means you'll have to cross the flowing river yourself and risk slipping. Otherwise, the trail is in good condition with chain grips in narrow parts. Was surprised to see so many people here, so it must popular all season.
This is a good trail to use on a long hike day. I originally was going to go do Mt Defiance via Starvation Ridge but decided to come here instead and I'm glad I did. The view in the way up and at the top was worthwhile. If you are in a good physical condition and not carrying a lot of weight then this trail is really easy. If you are not and you are carrying a lot of weight then it can be challenging. I carried 35 pounds up with some detours along the way and ended up with 4200 feet of gains and 11 miles on my hike and I felt a little tired but could do a second round but less weight.
Had to get very friendly with the forest on this trail with all the climbing over and under fallen trees, over rivers and rocks. Very challenging, was not prepared for the steep ascent, so just did the shorter loop around which was rewarding with great views and several waterfalls.
Went on 10/28/16. Bring 2 sets of legs!! Seriously. This circuit has a little of everything. Good gorge and mountain views, a lake, steep ascents. Clear day views of Wind Mountain, Mt. St. Helens, Mt Adams and Mt. Hood. Will do this again next season with more daylight for exploring and relaxing along the route.
not a lot of fun Mountain biking in October in the rain. Trails were rutted and muddy. Only wildlife were some birds. From a positive perspective, only saw one other biker and the views were nice. Would only recommend it if you are nearby and a few hours to spare.
when people say this trail is difficult, believe them!
we started at Bonneville Hot Springs and went by way of Aldrich Butte.
What a beautiful hike. But You MUST pay careful attention while on this trail because it's not well marked along the way. We also saw bear poop.
make sure you pack plenty off water and a few protein snacks to keep your stamina up. Also, hiking poles aren't a bad idea.