Best trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Looking for a great trail in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area ranging from 2.7 to 40.7 km and from 14 to 1,140 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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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.

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#1 - Multnomah Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 3.2 km • Est. 1 h 22 m
As of Aug 2020: Viewing area at the bottom is open. Trail is closed due to fire damage as of August 24, 2020. A great loop very close to Portland (~30 min). Definitely plan on an early arrival due to parking and heavy use. Beautiful hike with a quick but steep ascent to the top of the waterfall. The classic "money shot" of Multnomah Falls is immediately accessible after parking. The remainder of the hike is to the top, for a small platform vantage point, which is very worthwhile. The bridge that crosses in front of the waterfall is just a few minutes worth of scrambling after the entrance. Show more
#2 - Dog Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 9.7 km • Est. 4 h 20 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. This trail is temporarily closed, please see the forest service website for updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=29902&actid=50 A straight and steady leg-burner of a hike with some nice payoff up-top. Permits are required on Saturdays & Sundays March 31 - July 1 for each individual hiker. $5 per vehicle at Dog Mountain trailhead, all year round. America the Beautiful Access Passes (the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass) are accepted here.Show more
#3 - Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 7.6 km • Est. 2 h 58 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. NOTE: As of August 2020, Larch Mountain Trail #441 is closed from the junction with Wahkeena Trail #420 down to the Multnomah Falls Lower viewing platform so, a loop is not currently possible. This is a beautiful loop in the gorge that brings you to one of the best waterfalls in the area. This loop hike passes by several waterfalls. The trail ascends Wahkeena Creek past the springs which feed the waterfall and then continues onto Larch Mountain Trail which brings you to Multnomah Falls. Looking down from the top of the tallest waterfall in Oregon is pretty amazing! The trail then descends down to the Multnomah Lodge and returns via a the highway to the Wahkeena parking lot.Show more
#4 - Dry Creek Falls via PCT [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 7.6 km • Est. 2 h 1 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.Show more
#5 - Mount Defiance Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 20.0 km • Est. 8 h 25 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail #1414B, managed by Oregon State Parks, is closed due to a washout on the trail. Starvation Ridge Trail 414 is still accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413. Hike to the highest point of the Columbia Gorge with amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St Helens, and Mt. Adams Many consider this hike Oregon's hardest trail. As you climb this six million year old shield volcano, you will find breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St Helens. While the top is marred by a bunch of communication equipment, you will still find one of the best views of Mt Hood.Show more
#6 - Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 40.7 km • Est. Multi-day
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Please note that as of August 2020, the Eagle Creek and surrounding area remains closed due to all the fire damage from 2017. For updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=29912&actid=51 An amazing gorge hike with several beautiful waterfalls, including one you can walk behind. This trail begins at Eagle Creek Campground and ends at Wahtum Lake. This is a nice out and back hike with great scenery of waterfalls, ferns, and rocky outcroppings. It's quite popular with easy vehicle access at the trailhead, so plan to see a lot of other hikers and is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. This hike is not far from Portland and is best in the spring or early summer to really appreciate the beautiful waterfalls.Show more
#7 - Horsetail and Ponytail Falls via Oneonta Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 9.5 km • Est. 3 h 37 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. An easy hike in and out with four great waterfalls and beautiful trees along the way. Trail is closed passed Ponytail Falls, see here for current route: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/horsetail-falls-and-ponytail-falls Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#8 - Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 7.6 km • Est. 2 h 33 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Note: As of September 2020, this area is still closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017. Please consult the park's website for updates and more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=29912 Spectacular path passing many waterfalls, winding through old-growth forests, and along the edges of cliffs. Mild falling hazard in spots, keep the kids and dogs close, but it is family friendly. Some of the ledges have been blasted and offer great views of the canyon below.Show more
#9 - Latourell Falls [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 0.3 km • Est. 5 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Please note that the bathrooms are still closed as of Aug 2020 due to COVID 19.Show more
#10 - Dog Mountain Long Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 4 h 39 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. A great way to do Dog Mountain (a little longer, but worth it). The trail is in fantastic condition. The most spectacular wildflower meadows of the Columbia Gorge drape the alp-like slopes of Dog Mountain, north of the Columbia River in Washington. in May and June these hills are alive yellow balsamrot, red paintbrush and blue lupine. Even flowerless seasons provide breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge. Such beauty has made the steep climb popular, but with three trails to the top, you can choose your route. Permits are required on Saturdays & Sundays March 31 - July 1 for each individual hiker. Permits are not available at the trailhead but can be purchased online. You can also save the parking challenge and take the shuttle from Skamania County Fairgrounds on the weekends for $2.00 and this includes your day pass to hike. $5/vehicle/day at Dog Mountain TrailheadShow more
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