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https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd560885.pdf Columbia River Gorge is recovering from a fire and many trails are closed. Please see above link for up to date trail closure info 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.

Miss this place

my very first trail in Oregon

Great hike. If taking dogs be warned ticks are out in full force. Pulled about 20 ticks off my two dogs and they are regularly treated. Super windy and cold at top but views were amazing like always.

My heels never touched the ground.... be prepared to sweat! Awesome!

Beautiful views, nice incline for a good work out. 1st Wild flowers are starting pop out.

on Dog Mountain Trail

13 days ago

Loved this hike. It did have some steep inclines but nothing I couldn’t do, I did end up getting a stick to help my legs. Once we got to the very top we had amazing views but unfortunately the wind was blowing so hard and it was making us so cold we couldn’t stay for long. Coming back down wasn’t as challenging as I expected but it did wear on my knees. Next time I will at least have a snack at the top to fuel my descend.

Be sure to bring a jacket, gloves and something to cover your ears the wind was crazy cold.

Oh and it was a beautiful February day with no rain and the sun was shining

I've done this hike numerous times. Currently, the trail is closed. This hike is the most difficult in the Gorge, especially if you go past Warren Lake to the summit of Mt. Defiance. The first 400 vertical feet of the trail are a little exposed. There are some narrow spots and a partial washout of the trail that is dangerous. This section is very slippery in spots due to loose gravel in the summer. You should not do this first section without trekking poles for stability. After you get past the first section the trail enters a wooded area and intersects with a cutoff trail that heads west to the Mt. Defiance trail. Turn left here. The trail continues through the woods on several switchbacks until you come to a viewpoint adjacent to a power line tower at about 1,200'. At this point you have climbed to the base of the ridge that will take you all of the way to Warren Lake at 3,900' or, if you choose, all the way to the summit at 4,900'. Not long after you leave the viewpoint area you are again in a wooded area that begins to ascend the ridge. Very soon you encounter very steep conditions with numerous short switchbacks. The next 1,000' is the steepest part of the trail and it quickly gets your attention. At 2,400' you reach a short flat section with a viewpoint looking down at the Columbia River toward the west. The trail immediately begins a slightly less steep ascent through first a grassy somewhat open area and then through a rocky section that can be icy in the winter months. At 2,700' you reach a large fallen log in a level spot that is perfect for a break, richly deserved! The trail then descends slightly and crosses a lava field and immediately starts another ascent. The trail ascends steeply without any switchbacks until you finally reach a series of switchbacks at 3,000'. Following the last switchback the trail climbs very steeply for about 100' and then crosses a much larger lava field. Past the lava field you continue to climb through an open area of small trees that are only 5-10 years old. The trail switchbacks steeply back into the forest and then heads straight, although it continues to be moderately steep. After about 1/2 mile the trail actually levels out! You soon come to a viewpoint where you have a great view of Mt. Defiance. The trail actually descends at this point for most of the additional half mile to Warren Lake. Before you arrive at the lake you will reach a junction. Be sure to turn right here, NOT LEFT! In a quarter mile you will arrive at Warren Lake. There are a couple campsites at the lake and logs to sit on. If you continue past the campsites you will begin a steep, rocky ascent to the summit of Mt. Defiance, which is ANOTHER nearly 1,000' vertical feet! At the summit the view is spectacular to the West, North and East, including Adams, Ranier and Hood. Give yourself 7-10 hours to the summit and take lots of water and your trekking poles.

Loved it.

Just a few grass widows but views wonderful. Had not done the loop before, enjoyed it.

22 days ago

I have to agree with the review below. It is a perfect winter hike. I am pretty sure this hike is perfect all year round. The views are amazing and seeing the snow capped mountains in the distance was breathtaking.

This is my favorite trail!

I can’t wait for this trail to open again!

Love this trail. It’s perfect for me. Nice mix of uphill, rolling, and downhill terrain.

Ticks like you wouldn’t believe! Our dogs had ticks all over them!

When we went, there were a lot of people there so it was impossible to get a photo without others in them. Very beautiful though

1 month ago

A gorgeous view pretty much no matter which way you go. Waterfalls, streams, rock formations, and wildlife. We saw 2 bald eagles and a rainbow. There was minimal people on the trail, which was awesome. I’d avoid it in the late summer as there is no shade, but it was a perfect winter hike. One of the few hikes I’ll do more than once!

Very easy trail surrounded by beautiful mother nature.

edit: BEWARE OF TICKS AND POISON OAK ON THIS TRAIL. JUST FOUND 6 TICKS ON MY DOG. Dropped to 3 stars from 5. Trail is great. Ticks are bad!

I did this hike today, but I didn't follow the map. I followed a different route I found elsewhere and I recommend it! Go past where this map has you turn left off hwy 8 and turn left at the next turn instead. It winds up to Labyrinth Falls, which was like a tiny Lava Canyon.
Then keep following the trail up past the falls. When you come to a fence, keep left up the hill. Follow the trail up and around several view points and groups of oaks. Turn left when you come to the cross roads. Follow the Old Farm Road back down the hill. The next time you come to a fence, go right and up the hill to the top of Coyote Wall, then back down and through the fence.
Follow the Little Maui Trail back down to hwy 8. It has some more cool waterfalls.

Get up there early or you'll feel like your on the I-5 during rush hour... Otherwise it's a pretty decent view from the top which, after so many times I try not to take for granted.

I loved how open it was and the different options of trails. Great views the whole time.

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