If you need an open invitation to go explore a peaceful tree-lined lake in the summertime, consider yourself invited. Go see lower Mayer State Park from the top of Rowena Crest and soak in a view of the most beautiful lake around. Both are actually within Mayer State Park, but few people know that. From the top of Rowena, Mayer can be fully appreciated for its many amenities, including swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. When the spring wildflowers are in bloom, this is one of the most stunning vistas in the Columbia River Gorge. The timing of the bloom varies, but is normally in March/April.

ok, possible to see Hood and Adams on a clear day.

3 months ago

The upper trail is ok. On a clear day it is possible to see Hood and Adams. The lower trail is just a short walk but the ponds have croaking frogs that are nice to listen to.

Beautiful views and great wild flowers in late spring.

Nice walk! I want to go when flowers are blooming and meadows are full of wild flowers but it was beautiful

5 months ago

Great view at the top.. bald eagles flying over a viewscape of Mt. Hood.

It was a beautiful hike up to a 900 ft view point. We really enjoyed looking at the many wildflowers and birds!!!

It is more than an upwards climb than anticipated. The views are worth the climb!!!

no dogs here or on the lower trail Rowena plateau bummer but gorgeous drive and wildflowers I loved this hike I'm afraid of heights so it got kind if scary but the flowers wow hikes this in April combined with the plateau good hike. This one is one marked hard that I thought was much easier than clackamas river trail that s marked moderate lol

beautiful flowers and views a gorgeous drive also added miles if you go up Mcall point wow bteathtaking

6 months ago

Gorgeous quick 3.1 mile hike. I highly recommend to go in mid-to late April. We went in May and the bright yellow flowers were mostly dead despite being peak season for flowers. Overall, I highly recommend this hike.

7 months ago

Spring flowers make for gorgeous hike. Probably a 4 star if the flowers weren't in bloom. Can be windy.

This was a beautiful hike. We had read elsewhere it was flat, this trail although lacks rocks-is most definitely not a flat hike. The switchbacks have a decent incline. We did have a tick problem.

Beautiful views and great for a light afternoon hike. There's not a lot of shade and I did spot a rattlesnake so be on the lookout!

A great hike on a lovely day. It should be noted that DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED. It was also very windy all the way up. I wish I'd brought something my ears.

It's a little difficult as you make the climb but it is very beautiful and worth the climb.

Actually a little over 2 miles one way to the top. Views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams from top. Balsamroot, Grandma's Pincushion, Indian Paintbrush, Desert Parsley!

nice views

couldn't find it

8 months ago

Beautiful views, quiet, lots of flowers and this is just the beginning of the bloom. Easy home that gets a little more steep close to the viewpoint, but not bad at all. A really good workout and gorgeous views all around.