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A 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.
I did the full loop on 2/10. Needed ice axe and crampons. It was a truly a mountaineering effort to complete and not die on the trail. They had closed the gate on the Multnomah Falls side and rightfully so because it was extremely dangerous.
Check out some of the photos I posted, it was snow and ice travel all the way.
This is a phenomenal loop. There are so many damage, fallen trees, and erosions from the winter storm and will take some time to clean up after the trail thaws.
The east first few miles are more scenic. Lots of snow in between trailheads during winter means you're better off with snow shoes although is still hikable, my shoes did get water in them. The tunnel is great and worth seeing, so I recommend starting on the eastern side. Pretty flat the whole way. Follows a highway so you always hear traffic.