Explore the most popular lake 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.

This trail has some nice views and healthy hill climbing. Pretty flowers of many varieties. My Lab loved the creek. Wish the signage was better, as I crossed thru the creek unnecessarily, not realizing there was a bridge just left of the crossing.

hiking
2 days ago

My best advice for this trail is to use the AllTrails map and your GPS to make sure you’re on the trail you want to be on. The most visible trail from the parking area goes up to the left but this is NOT the red trail shown on the AT map. We hiked well more than a half-mile before I decided to check my app and realized we were not even close to the trail the map showed. We backtracked and picked up the trail and ended up having a nice hike with good views of the Gorge closer to the end, but there were no waterfalls on the loop route we took (again, the red trail shown on the app.) Also, when you get to the creek that you need to cross early in the loop, look to your left as someone built a walking bridge across it. We nearly missed it and would have had wet shoes for the rest of the trip so were thankful it was there! Not much shade on this hike and decent elevation change so carry water. Surface is also quite rocky so have to watch your footing.

Beautiful but confusing when you get to the upper reaches of the trail. Lots of varieties of wildflowers in bloom right now!

Great Mothers Day hike with the dogs. Most of the trail is exposed, so pretty warm on a hot day. Vast Gorge views.

walking
17 days ago

Came here to practice shooting some landscape video clips, and was so happy to find gorgeous, cliff-top vantage points that were also easy to walk to. So many wildflowers and hawks flying so close overhead! Magical!

hiking
22 days ago

Did the upper half. Seemed confusing for a easy hike so know where you're going. Lots of junctions with no signs. Great views, and neat arch. Not really a loop as you have to walk on the road back to your car. Must have missed the waterfall some how?

hiking
23 days ago

We did the smaller, paved loop on the river side of the road. It was more of a walk than a hike, on a paved walkway; however the views of the gorge in both directions were incredible and lots of wildflowers. Very peaceful. Small waterfall in the creek down below, makes for a nice visual accent. Kids loved the easiness of the walk and this is certainly a change of pace from the dense forests of the other trails in the area. If you are looking for something quick and different, and quiet, this is a nice easy one.

View of Hood is amazing, lots of wild flowers blooming. Look out for poison oak and rattle snakes

View of Mt. Hood on a clear day is hard to beat

Beautiful and easy hike. There are some early spring flowers and I can only imagine how pretty it looks in the prime of spring. Beware of ticks, I plucked a few off of my dogs.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Took this as a two day trip, camped somewhere in the middle. was the longest hike I had ever done. the scenery seemed to change so much and I was in awe the entire time. I hope one day to go agian.

Wrong time of year to go. Too hot and dry, but beautiful. Will try it again in the spring

Did a 21 mile overnight to Tanner Butte. Trail was snowed in on Memorial Day once we got about a mile from the the designated campground. We stopped off the trail just before a meadow, and found a good site, about 1.2 miles from the tanner lake campground. To hike to Tanner Butte's summit, it is a steep bushwhack , with some snow in may. Highly recommended going to the top though, because the view is AMAZING! We stopped at Dublin lake on the way back to refill hydration bladders. Lake was beautiful, but no real view of the gorge or Cascades. Lake was buggy, even at about 2:00. Great trail, But very steep. I would definitely do it again

hiking
10 months ago

Nearly all vegetation is dried out. The arch isn't very visible. The other aspects of the trail are along the portion where you would end up walking over 4 miles and end up far from your car leaving you to either do a return trip through this desert landscape or walk along a country road with no shoulder and people speeding along.

Warning for pet owners! I have never had flea or tick issues with my dog (8 years). Came home from this hike with 5 ticks. Going to the vet tomorrow :(

Great view short hikes

walking
11 months ago

Short hike with a great view of mt hood once you get to the top. Nothing to write home about though :(

I love this hike! it's somewhat of a Christmas tradition for us

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Did the trail to the south of Hiway 8 - great views! There were 2 porta-potties available. The trail is well paved and has several benches at strategic points for rest or contemplation. There are some huge iris flowers ready to bloom under a pine tree. I was there very early in the morning and saw only one other person on the trail.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Unfortunately we missed the spring flowers. We took the path to the right and made our way up through the woods. When we came out by the field the view of the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood was fantastic. All in all a 4 mile hike with 1,175 foot elevation gain. Will try again next year to see the wild flowers.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Loved the wild flowers. Great get away. We went April 26. Little traffic.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Was trying to complete the Tanner shuttle to Eagle Creek loop but got stuck on the first day. Beautiful conditions existed just until enter Mt. Hood National Forest. Snowpack was hard and difficult to cross, could not find the trailhead to Dublin Lake due to snow and lack of trailhead signage and had to turn around, camping at the site just after the switchbacks. I can't wait to go back and try this loop again once the snowpack melts- I give it a month or two!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fun hike that offers different types of great visual experiences. At the end of the hike I did brush off a tick from my son's clothing and killed it, so be aware of that type of situation happening.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Short and sweet, although we couldn't see much of the trail as there was so much snow. Nice view onto the Columbia river and gorge. This hike is probably nice when it's birding and wildflower season.

Had to get very friendly with the forest on this trail with all the climbing over and under fallen trees, over rivers and rocks. Very challenging, was not prepared for the steep ascent, so just did the shorter loop around which was rewarding with great views and several waterfalls.

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Real nice hike with plenty of water falls . Rock's are slippery when wet be careful.

This was an awesome hike, not for a beginner though. We have hiked several trails and this one was even a challenge but we would do it again.

Trail is marked as a loop, not clearly defined on the trail signs but a good hike.

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