Best trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Looking for a great trail in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 11 hard trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area ranging from 5.9 to 23.1 miles and from 49 to 4,957 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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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.
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#1 - Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
This is a beautiful loop in the gorge that brings you to one of the best waterfalls in the area. This loop hike passes by several waterfalls. The trail ascends Wahkeena Creek past the springs which Show more
#2 - Mount Defiance Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 8 h 25 m
Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail #1414B, managed by Oregon State Parks, is closed due to a washout on the trail. Starvation Ridge Trail 414 is still accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413. Hike to the Show more
#3 - Dry Creek Falls via PCT
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Dry Creek Falls via PCT is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#4 - Wahkeena Falls to Devils Rest and Angels Rest Loop
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
Wahkeena Falls to Devils Rest and Angels Rest Loop is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarShow more
#5 - Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 30 m
As of October 2019, the upper part of the trail is still closed. Show more
#6 - Starvation Ridge and Warren Lake Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
Starvation Ridge and Warren Lake Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carson, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. TShow more
#7 - Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Hood River to Mosier
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Hood River to Mosier is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mosier, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levShow more
#8 - Devil's Rest Loop
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
Devil's Rest Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and Show more
#9 - Multnomah Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
A great loop very close to Portland (~30 min). Definitely plan on an early arrival due to parking and heavy use. Beautiful hike with a quick but steep ascent to the top of the waterfall. The classic "Show more
#10 - Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 23.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note that as of March 2019, the Eagle Creek and surrounding area remains close due to increased mudslide risk.Show more
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