Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
1 day ago

On a cloudy and rainy Sunday morning this was great trail to hike. I found the trail to be moderate on the easy side. The elevation gain provided a fair workout but nothing too strenuous. On this rainy day we saw 5 to 6 group, from single individuals to a group of 12 hikers It was my first time to see some of the fire damage that consumed this area. There is less dense vegetation in several area and a few signs of fallen rocks. This is a great moderate hike to introduce family and friends to hiking in the gorge.

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rocky
2 days ago

Visited 9/17/19 saw no one on the trails, but did see multiple tent campers (probably people hiking the pct). Dry creek falls via pct 5.80 miles in 3hrs 20mins total time and 50 mins stopped time with 1071ft elevation gain. Picked up 6 bags of dog poo, please leave the trail better than you found it. Maybe 10+ parking spots here with a couple handicap spots. Bathrooms are clean (flushing toilets), covered picnic area with a couple trash cans. Large grassy area under a canopy of trees. Started at bridge of the gods trailhead (open 24/7), trail is right before you cross bridge of the gods. There are a couple street crossings that can be confusing in the dark. Trail is in great condition. Hike to the falls via pct is easy. Saw a frog. Dry Creek falls gorgeous and a must see gorge hike! Go up hill on dry Creek road till it dead ends then go across the cement walkway/bridge for best views of falls. You need a NW Forrest pass/America the beautiful pass to park here or can get a day pass online.

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over grown
5 days ago

Good signage and lots is waterfalls along the way. Enjoyed this hike. Wear good shoes as some of the rocks can be slippy

My friend and I both clocked this trail at 6 miles. It is not 4.6. We started at the wahkeena falls parking lot and hiked up and over to Multnomah falls then you have to take a trail that is 0.6 miles back to wahkeena parking. You cannot walk on the road. Wear good traction shoes bc it’s a bit slick when wet... many waterfalls! Absolutely beautiful!!

Wonderful walk after lunch with our two dogs. Shaded paved and not many people on the trail. Great parking for our truck and trailer and a small $5 fee for use. Bathrooms at the start of the trail and a picnic area. Walked 3 miles total and the views were amazing over the River.

Lovely trail with 5 main waterfalls but lots of little ones running through the creek. Near the waterfalls the trail can be a little slippery. Not sure if the mileage in the app is accurate with 4.6 miles. My iPhone health app logged 6.4 miles and my Fitbit logged 7.5 miles my friends garmin logged 7.75 miles. My Fitbit elevation was 1520. Took us 3 hrs and we took pics and stopped for a brief lunch.

Do yourself a favor if you’re traveling through the gorge and hike this loop! We parked at Wahkeena Falls and hiked along trail 420 for a few miles. Beautiful waterfalls and scenery throughout this hike. By the end, Multnomah was nice but the overall hike was awesome. Took 3 hours or so with plenty of stops for pics etc. Make sure to spend some time at Wiesendanger Falls.

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rocky
11 days ago

Very cool walk with much to see. Really loved it! Beautiful little river with great waterfalls all along the trail. We did the loop trail in 2,5h.

It is a bit more challenging than “easy” due to the uphill portions. Clear path. Excellent directional signs. Nice to have a destination - the falls at the end.

hiking
14 days ago

The first 1/4 was burnt in a fire, road noise is present but many beautiful viewpoints. Terrain is steep, this is a difficult trail. Once you get higher the forest is nicer as it remains for the duration of the hike. Top is a cell tower, which is very anti climatic despite breathtaking views.

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rocky
14 days ago

As an experienced hiker, this trail was definitely challenging! Completed today (Thursday 9/5) in under 4 hrs with many breaks due to my dog, heat and well...the incline. Views were definitely worth it even for it being considered its off season. Arrived at the parking lot at 9 am amd only 3 other cars, very quiet day on this trail. Very dry and rocky, wish I took my Trek piles. Did the most difficult trail up and caught the lesser on the descent. However, the heat was picking up so the partial shade was a drawback. Just moved to Oregon and this was on my radar last year while on vacation. While I'm sure it's spectacular during wildflow season, I can't imagine I'll want to tackle this again.

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rocky
15 days ago

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rocky
17 days ago

September Tuesday, afternoon The directions to the trailhead from AllTrails in Apple Maps takes you literally to the start of the trail. It is a gravel road that continues into private property. I parked in the neighborhood just before and walked a short distance to the trailhead and began the hike. The trail wasn’t too crowded. I saw 2 other day hikers and a handful of NOBO PCT hikers. The trail looks to be recovering from the 2017 Gorge Fire pretty well but watch your step for exposed roots and keep an eye on some of the burned trees (especially on windy days). Some of the soil is looser than expected in the rocky parts but definitely doable. I’d recommend a trail runner at least if not a hiking shoe/boot. The trail is easy to follow - just stay with the PCT signs when you get to the construction area. The falls were lovely and created a nice, cool breeze. I say on the edge of the concrete bridge and admired it for a bit.

What a magical trail; I felt like I had found heaven on earth! If you are going to visit Multnomah, this trail is a must. There were an obscene amount of people at Multnomah, but barely anyone on this trail. Highly recommend is you are a waterfall lover like me!

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blowdown
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Wow! What an amazing and beautiful trail! Hiking in Oregon; along The Gorge, is always a treat! Knowing that the summit of was at about 5,000 feet, I knew it would be a workout! But, the body loved every moment of it! I took the counter clockwise route that was recommended by previous posts; but due to time and enjoying the waterfalls along the way, I was only able to due the out and back. Next time, I go out there I'll be sure to make sure that I have time to enjoy a dip in the lake! Plus, the other treat was driving home and enjoying the sunset along The Gorge!

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rocky
scramble
18 days ago

First 1.5 mile after the point “climb begins” has lot of loose gravel. And with steep slope and narrow pathway it’s tricky in there. Beautiful views at ~4100 feet and then again at the top apart from the antenna. Definitely a hard hike with not many people on it. Definitely recommend 4 liters of water per person.

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rocky
18 days ago

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18 days ago

Completed with Alyssa Fugat on 8/31/19

great hike. two hours up, and two hours down.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike was difficult in terms of sheer incline & length, but there were no technical aspects involved. Although you walk next to (and very clearly hear) I-84 at the beginning of the hike, once you get deeper into the trail towards the Ghost Forest (roughly 3 miles in), the noise completely disappears. Near the trail junction between Mt. Defiance Trail and Mitchell Point Trail, there are North-facing views of the three major Washington mountains on a clear day. These are probably the best views considering the peak of Mount Defiance has tree coverage surrounding most of the edges as well as a rocky service road and antenna broadcast station. The effort is at least rewarded with some good views of the South-East valley and Mt. Hood from the backside of the peak. We only did an out-and-back, but the hike can be turned into a loop by taking the Mitchell Point Trail at the junction (which adds roughly 2 extra miles partially due to Starvation Ridge cut-off being closed). There were very few mosquitoes. We each took 2L of water and were fine, but 3L would be smart. Took us approximately 4 hours from parking lot to peak and 2.5 hours back down from peak to parking lot. Would definitely recommend the hike, but the effort to reach the very top leaves one slightly disappointed that there aren’t broad 360 or 180 degree views of surrounding Gorge/Hood wilderness (which can be attained in other hikes such as Angel’s Rest, Munra, Dog Mountain, etc.). In addition, the road and antenna structure kind of hinder the natural vibe & satisfaction of reaching the peak. In general, the hike provides many beautiful and grand scenes of the Gorge & SE valley, and walking through the Ghost Forest is quite the experience. The hike is also great for those looking to practice steep and long elevation gain trips.

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rocky
19 days ago

Great trail and would highly recommend for any traveler in the Portland area. Definitely opt in for the longer loop as the trails are packed with visitors only hitting Multnomah falls. Crowds thin out from there. Also recommend adding a stop at Wakeena Springs to dip your feet in the fresh spring water!

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