Explore the most popular Walking 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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1 day ago

Small paved portion apart of the larger loop

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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.

hiking
2 days ago

A nice, 3mi casual hike with some lovely falls. Close to portland. This is one of my favorite quick hikes. Tip: if you do the full loop clockwise, and wind up back at the road, cross it and follow the path. Don’t walk the road. Blind curves, no shoulder and you’d miss the beautiful falls right before you get back to the parking area!

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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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muddy
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.

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.

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

hiking
18 days ago

I wouldn’t call this a hike. More like a short walk to the falls. It got a bit slippery right by the water. Parking can be tricky. We found a spot down the road and walked to the trail head. Spent about 30 minutes total walking around the falls. Once you see it, you’ll forget any frustrations you found while parking. It’s beautiful.

hiking
18 days ago

Completed with Alyssa Fugat on 8/31/19

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!

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.

We came here on Saturday of the Labor day weekend and naturally the spot near Multnomah falls was extremely crowded. There were traffic controllers and when we reached during mid day there was no parking. We luckily found one later. About the trail - we started from side of Multnomah falls. It has a gradual accent for almost half of the trail length. After around 1.5miles we saw beautiful waterfalls and creeks. Simply amazing views and water sounds. Some parts here were rocky but it’s manageable. towards the end too there were beautiful falls - Angel falls, Wahkeen falls. Overall beautiful hike if you are here to feel the paradise of Portland.

Great short hike to a delightful fall. Can’t wait till the rest of the trail opens up!

Amazing! It was our first time at Wahkeena Falls and the weather was perfect If you're going on the weekend, make sure you get there at 7:30AM or before to make sure you get a parking spot! It filled up real quick after we began the hike. We started at Multnomah Falls Lodge, went to Wahkeena, and came back to the Lodge. Definitely a butt kicker on the initial ascent from the Lodge, but it was pretty easy for the rest of the hike. Bring water & snacks! Just make sure you clean up after yourself. It was pretty spotless, which was really nice to see. No mud, slippery spots, or dangerous areas.

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