If you need an open invitation to go explore a peaceful tree-lined lake in the summertime, consider yourself invited. Go see lower Mayer State Park from the top of Rowena Crest and soak in a view of the most beautiful lake around. Both are actually within Mayer State Park, but few people know that. From the top of Rowena, Mayer can be fully appreciated for its many amenities, including swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. When the spring wildflowers are in bloom, this is one of the most stunning vistas in the Columbia River Gorge. The timing of the bloom varies, but is normally in March/April.

It’s a beautiful hike, totally recommend going in the spring, the cherry tree was in bloom! The whole hike is stunning with the wild flowers and breath taking views around every turn, with hawks and crows flying off the cliffs.

Full of yellow and purple wild flowers! Start your hike early so you get the trail for yourselves. Missing log in sheet and pen at the entrance. Bring hiking poles if you are carrying a heavy pack. It gets windy when you get up.

Exceeded my expectations. Perfect time of year to go. Epic views from the get go.

Do not take dogs on this hike TICKS are EVERYWHERE. I found at least ten on my dogs and four on me. Otherwise the hike was really fun and quick. I would rate it a lot higher if it weren't for the ticks. WTA was clearing the trail when I went on it so poison oak was not an issue. Triple check yourself for ticks after this hike

one of my favorite trails... just watch out for poison oak in the first climb, and then for rattlesnakes on the meadow areas in the rocks... Ive experienced both on this trail, but still a favorite! views are fantastic.

The trial has been changed, but the new path is easy to figure out and follow

great hike! my wife and I went for the first time today. alltrails needs to update the trail as it has changed. at the summit we ate lunch before hiking back down. the hike up will make you sweat. the summit was cold when we went, the hike down was just right. we saw a couple hiking up, the guy with no shirt (in cold weather). Here is a link from us walking the new route:
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2326947887?share_unique_id=4

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5 months ago

Beautiful in the fall!

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6 months ago

Stunning view and unique landscape! No one on the trail when we went-- and for good reason, it was about 90 degrees and a rattlesnake cross the trail and surprised us about one mile from the trailhead in the forested oak area-- be vigilent in going slower and looking for sure. Poison oak lined the entire trail and starthistle but we managed to make it through unscathed by going carefully. Wouldn't recommend to everyone, but anyone keen on adventure and proceeding with caution, the views reward! We did not see any ticks and triple-checked ourselves. Not kid-friendly.

awesome views. poison oak on most of trail. close to Lyle Washington not Mayer state park in Oregon.

This is a great hike offering views of the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. I have seen rattlesnakes on this trail almost every time. Be aware!

there's definitely a few people that need be thank for creating this wonderful Trail. the trail is in extremely good condition and the views are great worth sharing with Friends and doing it over and over

Nice views, be careful of cliffs and poison

Great views and a great workout.

Descent views.

WARNING: Trail is covered in Poison Oak and Yellow Starthistle

I will be back

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike, we decided to try this one our way to Big Jim's drive thru. Be cautious of rattlesnakes.

10 months ago

Great day for a hike in the Columbia gorge!! The wild flowers like lupine, paint brush, fox glove, and wild rose were at peak!! The arrow root was past peak, but you can still find some for a photo. Please beware as you traverse the oak forest there is tons of poison oak mixed in with the true oak. For a real feast for your eyes go the extra bit and go down the south west trail and up on the adjoining hill great views and a lovely spot for a picnic !!!

Beautiful. Decent workout but can be a good stroll too.

It was beautiful. The skies were blue, scattered with a few clouds. We had views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. I would do this hike again as long as the flowers are out!

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11 months ago

This is one of my favorite close by go to trails for a relatively quick hike. You get exceptional views of the gorge as well as mount Adams and mount Hood. I often see wildlife on this trail ranging from reptiles to deer and on one of my hikes here I got to the top right as it was getting dark and was blessed with witnessing an all black wolf roughly 100 yards away from me for a couple seconds and with out the wind even blowing his direction he stuck his nose to the ground and got hold of my scent and took off. A definite must go hike for all.

A delight at every turn. Wild flowers, amazing views. Highly recommend!!

Hiked on a clear day during May blossoms, it doesn't get much better than this. Sweeping views stretching from Mt. Hood to the Gorge to Mt. Adams award you at the top, while the journey there brings turn after turn of reds yellows and blues. Truly a beautiful hike.

Don't bring dogs. Poison oak is everywhere. You have to sign a waiver to even walk the trail.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

beautiful hike on a sunny day. The wildflowers are about a week or two from being fully open but there was still a lot of color. Steep hike for the first mile but the views are incredible.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

beautiful hike lots of wild flowers it was closed past 1.1 miles for restoration so we will be back to finish it when its open

Monday, September 05, 2016

ok, possible to see Hood and Adams on a clear day.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beautiful views and great wild flowers in late spring.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nice walk! I want to go when flowers are blooming and meadows are full of wild flowers but it was beautiful

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