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https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd560885.pdf Columbia River Gorge is recovering from a fire and many trails are closed. Please see above link for up to date trail closure info A year-round recreational area offering the best of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding, boating, bird watching, photography, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing – the list is endless. Just taking a drive through the Columbia River Gorge is an experience in itself as you will be in awe of this spectacular geological wonder. The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America, starting in northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia, and traveling over 1,200 miles to the ocean. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge. A visit to the area is not complete without a visit to the breathtaking waterfalls.

For today’s conditions I’d say a 2+

Still very sketchy for a majority of the hike because of snow and ice along the steep banks. Give it a week or two for that snow to melt.

Without all that snow and ice this is a great hike! A bit sad to see the harm the Eagle Creek fire caused, but so grateful the trail is open.

We did this hike in January. Some parts of the trail are steep, but not bad. Gorgeous views of the river on your way up! If you go all the way to the top you can look down the waterfall from the top. Awesome hike!

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views the whole way up. Good amount of elevation gain but doable for anyone with good hiking shoes. Hit some snow about 3 miles up and started to lose sight of the trail a little so turned around. Still made it most of the way up and loved the view. Had a dog and she did great on it.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

The trail was very icy and slippery and was right on the side of a cliff for part of it. Several sketchy parts, I would not recommend until the snow melts

Beautiful spot. Can be hiked to the top overlook but also wonderful views to be had from the bridge if that's all you're up for. Quite accessible for even those who do not consider themselves big time hikers.

This is a fantastic day hike to do during the summer. The waterfall is gorgeous. The hike has a decent elevation gain. Even though I was coming from a higher altitude, I had to stop and catch my breath a few times while walking up. The trail is paved, accessible, and shaded. This is a perfect hike for children and families. The river water at the top is refreshing and is the perfect place for a picnic. The hike doesn’t take long to complete, so you have plenty of time to explore the many other waterfalls in the area. I am definitely planning to visit this beautiful place again.

Absolutely gorgeous. The way up and the way down was quite icy, but we managed with a bit of fun. I would recommend microspikes for more trepidatious hikers.

The waterfall is beautiful but I definitely wouldn't consider this a lightly trafficked trail. We hiked this on 3/16/19 and passed at least 11 other groups of people and their dogs on this trail.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Good hike. Still pretty patchy up top with some snow. But easily manageable in your standard boot.

Awesome to do this in the snow!! Legit training hike for mountain climbing.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 days ago

We didn’t make it all around the loop due to ice and slippery snow. But the Multnomah bit was beautiful as always!

Bit slippery, but still nice short hike up. the trail is only open partway until horsetail and then is closed. nice views with waterfalls too.

we hiked up the first set of falls. trail was wide and clear other than a small stream of water we had to walk over. it is very windy at the falls, but they are breathtaking.

Great trail, not too long or steep. Summit leaves a bit to be desired.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
3 days ago

On 15 Mar 2019 I did the loop and at a junction took trail 420C up to Devil's Rest viewpoint (and then backtracked back to the loop). Between ~1000' and 1800' the ground was icy snow that's packed down. I only had boots and managed fine although spikes or poles would definitely have been useful. Above 1800' (on 420C) the snow wasn't as icy/packed which made for easier trekking since I didn't have to worry about slipping. However, Devil's Rest viewpoint was kind of anti-climactic because it's surrounded by trees that you can only kind of see through. But there were other decent viewing spots along that trail where you could see Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. This was my first time hiking in the Gorge and I found the trail signs really easy to read (both destination names and trail #s). And the loop has so many waterfalls that are so beautiful.

hiking
rocky
snow
washed out
8 days ago

Honestly this trail is beautiful! But STAY AWAY IN THE WINTER! It’s pavement, and the pavement is completely black ice!

hiking
rocky
snow
washed out
8 days ago

Honestly this trail is beautiful! But STAY AWAY IN THE WINTER! It’s pavement, and the pavement is completely black ice!

This trail was absolutely beautiful. We went at the end of February, really cold - recommend dressing warm for this time of year. Also recommend getting there early to avoid a packed trail. It was the perfect amount of difficulty for a quick 2 mile morning hike. It was all up hill, about 10 switch backs. At the end of the hike we grabbed a cocktail and a bite to eat at the lodge!! Side note - we took an Uber from pearl district in Portland, which was easy. However, finding an Uber back home was difficult.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Always a favorite and the wintery look did not disappoint. The switchbacks to Lemmons Viewpoint are very icy and treacherous. Micro Spikes highly recommended. From there, the trail to the springs is packed snow. Beware of rock falls. The forest is burned, but healthy and recovering.

on Dog Mountain Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike on 3/4 and it was super snowy but stunning. Would recommend mico spikes as the snow shoes I wore were pretty clunky and uncomfortable to wear given the steep incline. Wind is bitter cold so bring lots of extra layers.

Quick walk to see a gorgeous falls. We went on an icy day so chose to end at the lower level. Still a gorgeous view. Be sure to see the Falls up the road as they are stunning as well!!

hiking
14 days ago

too frozen to get past the bridge

Nice short hike up from Horsetail Falls to Ponytail Falls on 3/3/19. There was hard packed snow on the trail along with logs and lots of medium rocks to move over. We had micro-spikes on and moved at normal pace there were lots without the spikes that made me nervous in the cliff section that was slick packed snow. Wish we could have gone past the gate, that’s the only reason I gave a 3.

The “upgrade” to the app has caused more problems than it fixed. I went on three hikes this weekend and none recorded correctly.

Such a beautiful hike. The trail is open until you reach upper horsetail falls. There is a gate blocking the trail on the other side of the waterfall. The trail is pretty icy right now, so be careful when venturing up, and back down.

hiking
15 days ago

A nice hike but crowded as Multnomah Falls is a popular tourist destination. If you are going just to see the falls I’d halt on going to the top (overlook). The overlook itself is not all that great (just my opinion). But if you’re looking for a nice long hike then this is a great option as the trail is linked to others at the top. In fact these other trails all put together would make this a four or five star hike, but just to the overlook and back is nothing too exciting. Definitely go and see the falls but if your looking for a beautiful open view then head down the road to bridal veil’s overlook accessible just a minute (or less) walk from the parking lot.

Hiked this 3/2/19 and it was pretty snowy/ icy in some areas. We didn’t have spikes and just hiked in waterproof hiking shoes and I probably wouldn’t recommend doing it without spikes until it melts a bit. Very pretty though.

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