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Beautiful hike to a gorgeous waterfall, but please come prepared and bring traction devices for your hiking boots. The trail is very icy and steep at parts. A lady had fallen and broken her leg today. I hope she’s OK!

Hike this trail on 1/5/19. The hike is mostly uphill and the snow gets deeper and deeper as you go up, the snow was up to our knees by the time we reached the top. The trail is dog friendly and we had the trail all to ourselves.

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snow
1 day ago

Did this trail on 1/20. Not enough snow for snowshoeing, but you absolutely need crampons or shoes with fabulous traction on ice. There are several areas where you're walking at a steep incline on ice.

The scenery was beautiful.

I hiked this Trail on Sunday January 13th it is a great Trail with gradual climbs I believe the mileage is off a little bit my tracking said it was 10.7 miles from the trailhead to the lookout and back. I would definitely recommend it the views from on top 4 spectacular of the red Buttes

Beautiful and scenic hike to do in the winter time; but the difficulty level goes from easy to moderate when there’s snow and ice.
A “must try” hike, when snow has fallen!
Micro spikes or something similar highly suggested!

You absolutely need traction devices on your boots. We passed person who fell and possibly broke a arm. It's a ice trail over rocks and tree roots so I recommend two treking poles to help prevent tripping, snow shoes that don't have a aggressive track on the side won't get a good bite over rocks. There was a back up at the boulder field from unprepared hikers without traction devices. My wife used micro spikes by Kahtoola I used ice trekkers diamond grippers by yaktraks. If cost if a factor check and for kids check out Stabilgear brand of microspikes at P-rkrose hardware for $19.

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snow
8 days ago

This was a great trail! We rented crampons which are better than Microspikes per the recommendation of Mountain Shop. The rental price was 10. Some fellow hikers did not have equipment and were sliding or slipping. Happy hiking!

A great place to hike in the KFalls area.

My first Oregon trail to hike. Really pretty Hike with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Hiked this trail in September. Perfect weather that day

hiking
11 days ago

Love this hike. There was some fallen rock areas that made the trail a little tricky but totally worth the view!!! I was say this is def a moderate-hard hike, so be prepared. There is also another path that stems from this one, you’ll notice it on your descent, also totally worth the extra mileage. Great views!!!

Definitely a moderate difficulty trail but the views are well worth the hike. Obviously easier with snow shoes during this season but my husband and I hiked it without and we survived!

Gorgeous hike but microspikes are a must if you go during this time of year.

beautiful even in the winter. highly recommend microspikes.

The trail is nicely paved and wide enough for the bikers to pass us comfortably. lovely views of the Columbia River. highly recommend going to the Mosier Tunnels. Total cost for parking is $5. Good trail to walk/hike/bike!

A nice little hike with some steep sections and descent views at the top. I hiked during a damp day but the trails weren’t money at all. I’ve driven by this hike a million times and glad I finally decided to do it.

beautiful views await you on this trail - however, there are slippery spots and microspikes are highly recommended!!

Needed to stretch our legs and the afternoon hike fit the bill. Great views out and back.

hiking
19 days ago

It was a gorgeous winter day with absolutely no wind & the Columbia mirrored the beautiful blue skies! Our faces were very chilly with the sun on our backs, but we got toasty when we faced the sun. This sweet little trail meanders all along the top of the plateau & offers several icy little ponds. The views were outrageous! I’d love to return in the spring to see the wildflowers in bloom.

Beautiful trail along the scenic Columbia Gorge. It was a bit cold in January...but a beautiful crisp clear day.

Went on 12/31/18. Lots of icy patches, recommend either microspikes or crampons! Snow shoes would not be helpful. Due to heavy traffic the trails are pretty packed down and slick. We made it to the waterfall and back in about 2 hours with crampons.

hiking
21 days ago

Lovely hike, not too busy but just as others said, bring microspikes!! It's very icy and there are patches that were slowly melting and with the new snow/colder weather, it'll turn to straight ice. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't terribly busy.

Beautiful view from the top

Can be extremely windy but has fantastic views with little effort required.

went before sunrise so we could be at the top just as it rose and may I say it was beautiful!!! if you get out early enough there isn't many people. we were there until 1030a and we only saw people on the wall down. trail is quite steep but it's pretty quick up to the top so I would definitely say it's worth it!! amazing views!!! and so many places to explore.

Beautiful. You def will need crampons... I did it without and it was so scary. Every slip my life flashed before my eyes. Lol.

A wonderful hike, but I would not recommend bringing children this time of year. We brought hiking poles (thankfully) but I still slipped and fell on the ice about 5 times. Definitely worth it, but if you don't have ice spikes on your shoes you will definitely end up sliding on your butt down a hill.

Absolutely beautiful! We did this hike yesterday and there was a bit of snow on the trail so be mindful about the weather when you go. Clampons/spikes would be useful!

on rowena crest- Beautiful spot with a couple hiking trails nearby. There is no bathroom here. It is a must see gorge stop. I came here to hike Rowena plateau. Lots of information kiosks. Also some picnic areas.
- On the trail I visited here on Saturday 12/8/18, there was light snow on the trail, but no ice. I hiked 2.4 miles and did the loop portion as well. lots of side trails that go off to look at different sides of the plateau. I saw two other people hiking the trail when I was there. Not much elevation gain, but if you bring children keep an eye on them as there are steep drop offs. The two ponds were also all iced over when I went. The other trail at this location is Tom McCall.

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

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