Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Extremely difficult for beginners. It took us exactly 4 hours to do the whole thing. Approximately 6.5-7 Miles. The first two and a half hours are pretty much switchbacks going straight up. Pretty tough - but so worth the view at the end. I’m still sore...3 days later! Glad I did it!

One of my favorites! Very steep the whole way but beautiful country. Spring wildflowers at the top

Hiked on May 5, 2018. Beautiful wildflowers at the top. Flowing stream for dogs to cool off in. Not covered in trees so important to bring sunscreen and extra water. Parking was very limited.

Incredible day with amazing views!! Definitely kick your butt hike but so worth it!!

This hike is on the hard side of moderate. Please note that there are steep inclines, a chunk of the trail is loose rock (and slippery), and there’s poison oak along the narrow trail. BUT when you get to the top, the view is stunning. And the previous reviewer is correct - when coming down, if you’re debating if you’re on the trail, then you’re not, doubleback and you’ll see the missed turn.

Great rocky/dirt trail. Starts out on an actual road & you have a couple of trail options. I took the 2nd trail up to the left & saw the waterfall & amazing views. Took my dog up this morning & saw only a handful of people. Will do again.

Great hike. Dog friendly. Very steep.

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4 days ago

This was an absolutely beautiful hike! The route is unclear at one point because of some rock fall (?) and if you miss the turn the path deteriorates a bit and leads you up a very steep incline. If you’re questioning if you’re still on the path, you aren’t. The actual path is very clear and well maintained, if rocky through some sections. Go back and look for the turn off. The view at the end is stunning.

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.

Beautiful hike. Some of the view points looking at the wall are unbelievable. At the top loop, do a full body check for ticks if you decide to do it. Husband had 4 ticks chowing down. Loads of poison oak as well, ended up taking a Tecnu bath in the Walmart parking lot in Hood River after. Highly recommend not doing the last little loop due to the ticks and poison oak. Hopefully we got it in time! But seriously, beautiful hike.

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5 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.

It's BACK!!

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).

hiking
10 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!

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11 days ago

Good hike but steep over lots of loose rock. Beware of ticks and poison oak.

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

Check the list of Columbia Gorge trail closures before you go:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked May 11: well marked trail, wear hiking boots/shoes because sections of trail have large pit run rocks. This is not moderate- should be rated hard. It’s quite steep within a short distance. A few old growth trees, wildflowers and stunning gorge views at the top. Bathrooms at trailhead, plenty of parking too.

Amazing hike!! Wild flowers are out and rattle snake too so watch out and stay on the trail!!!

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15 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.

hiking
15 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

hiking
16 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.

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