Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Great hike. Dog friendly. Very steep.

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.

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.

Very hard hike. Worth it for the view. Make sure to either get a permit (weeks ahead of time) or go straight to the Stevenson county fair to get on the bus to take over to the hike. Last bus leaves at 4:30 PM. Hike in total took us 3.5 hours

Hard as heck but so rewarding. Bring a light jacket very windy. The basalm root flowers are breathtaking and the view of the gorge is nothing I’ve ever experienced. So beautiful I will be back when I get into better shape. Not easy whatsoever.

Visited during thanksgiving weekend. Beautiful.

Beautiful flowers. If you take the “difficult” route instead of the “more difficult” one, you get a great view of flowers without having to make it to the top. However, if you are going to the top, I recommend going up the more difficult route and down the difficult one to make it a loop. It is windy at the top (I wish I had had a light jacket).

7 days ago

Easily a top 3 hike in the gorge. The pictures look amazing, but it doesn't give it justice. You NEED to come during full bloom. Highly recommend going earlier in the day to avoid the heat.

Hiked yesterday on Mother's Day with my mom. We went up the hard way, and went back the longer less steep way. Flowers were in full bloom, and so beautiful. We got there at around 7am was temp was perfect, highly recommend but very difficult!

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.

Love this hike and miss it. Last visit was July 14, 2017

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12 days ago

My first time in the pacific northwest and this hike was amazing! We took the "harder" route and it was definitely hard! I wouldnt recommend if youre a beginner hiker or not in shape cardio wise. It is a heart thumper and leg burner! My legs were DOG TIRED by the end! The wild flowers and sights of Mt. St. Helens and the gorge were hard to beat though.

12 days ago

Beautiful hike! Give it about 1 week and the flowers will be in full bloom, still quite a sight to see!

Gorgeous trail! I've done it a while back, bummed that it is closed now. Still a gorgeous drive, and its worth going to see the falls

13 days ago

The flowers are in full bloom. Absolutely worth it!!! Not going to sugar coat it but it was a long ways up to the top and very challenging. It is definitely a good practice climb for St Helens.

BEWARE the bridge is out and has been for some time, with no planned replacement. So this is an out-and-back hike from the Wahkiacus trailhead, and the trail is fading and being taken over by vegetation west of the old water plant at Klickitat Springs. That said, it is a very fine hike from about mid-April to mid-May, when the wildflowers are at their peak. The shrub diversity is especially high, the herbs are abundant, and there's a reasonable diversity of habitats from exposed grassy headlands to oak woodlands to Douglas-fir/maple forests to ponderosa pine woodlands to ruderal areas around the water plant. The water was bottled as a health tonic and when we were there at least one spring was still flowing, staining the grass and mud a bright rusty orange color. Since the trail follows a north-facing slope it is a bit cooler than in the main Columbia River Gorge. The river is deep and fast and it isn't really a good trail for getting down to the river.

Beautiful in the spring when flowers are in bloom! Did this today after 16 years and forgot how steep the trail is in some places. Bring plenty of water and food to refuel at the top.

Dog tired.

16 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!

20 days ago

Agree that it is a leg burner but it is worth it. great views and good wildflowers in late april but wildflowers will be fantastic in 2-4 weeks. Took husband and me 2.5 hours round-trip on the "more difficult" trail but we didn't have a ton of time to spare at the top. The trail was plenty wide for 99% of it, and not muddy this weekend, but I can imagine it gets pretty muddy when its rained/rainy.

21 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?

Trail is still closed but the falls are beautiful.

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.

Need a permit to hike

Great hike. We loved it. Took the "more difficult" on the way up and the "difficult" on the way down. It was straight up and a really good workout!

28 days ago

This place gets amazinger and amazinger. Great hike up a steep trail to some beautiful scenery. Views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge. Parking cost $5, so have cash or your smartphone to pay. Restrooms 100’ up from the trailhead. Very dog friendly. Quite a lot of foot traffic for such a difficult trail.

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

30 days ago

Great views on top.

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