Explore the most popular 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.

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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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6 days ago

Great day hike, no more wild flowers but it’s still pretty! Super Windy at the top but beautiful views of the gorge. We went up the “difficult” way and down the “more difficult” way. Both were steep

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.

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7 days ago

Awesome hike! This trail is definitely a good workout but the views are great. Didn’t expect to see Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens with the beautiful gorge in between. Can also see Mt. Adams at the top through the trees. Flowers were not in bloom when we went but the hike was still spectacular. It also meant no crowds. Easy parking and a bathroom at the start of the trail.

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.

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11 days ago

Awesome trail. Hiked in late August, so we unfortunately missed the wild flowers. But on the bright side we only saw a couple of other hikers! No crowds with clear skies. Love the incline...definitely some work but well worth it.

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13 days ago

Good leg workout I ended up going up the trail opposite of the restrooms. Leg get a good workin It was foggy at the top but the views were still pretty good and air was crispy

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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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16 days ago

Great hike. You’re going to want to be in pretty good shape. Beautiful views at the top.

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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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rocky
18 days ago

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18 days ago

Completed with Alyssa Fugat on 8/31/19

Great hike!

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

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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!

One of the best trail!

Definitely one of the tougher hikes we have done in the area but well worth it. You are doing uphill switchbacks until you get to the top. Take your time and take plenty go water and snacks. Beautiful views of the Columbia!

Fun trail! We started at Wahkeena and ended in the Multnomah area which was pretty busy with tourists but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Trail took 3-4 hours and we stopped at Ecola Falls for awhile which was absolutely breathtaking. We kept our dogs on a leash the whole time due to it being a narrow and highly trafficked trail. Take plenty of water on a sunny day and some snacks.

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20 days ago

Really beautiful views! Might not be the best hike for a beginner. It is steep. I went up on the trail on the left of the parking lot. This is the easier way up. The trail on the right is shorter but steeper. At a certain point it splits. Go to the right and its not as steep. Stay to the left and that is the one that has been nicknamed "The way of the Samurai". The grade is between 14-17% and really hard on bad knees coming down. ( as I found out). I recommend getting there early as parking is limited and it gets full. I arrived around 8 and saw maybe 5 people on the way up. Coming down I passed about 35 people and the parking lot was packed. Bring $5 to buy your day ticket. Little kiosk on the right front of the lot.

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