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.

I'd like to give this hike a higher rating but the amount of ticks on this trail is astronomical. between 3 dogs we pulled about 50 ticks off them in total. There should really be a sign warning of ticks, especially for dogs.
the hiking side of this trail is great though! amazing views and just a nice somewhat challenging hike.

trail running
1 month ago

The run down is SO worth the thigh burn on the run up. Great views from the top. Really windy lately, and I recommend a hat as you’re in direct sun for a good portion of it.

Beautiful views, wildflowers abound, nice weather, it was a perfect time to go. Ran across a few rattlers, found some ticks, otherwise I'd give a 5/5. Just be sure to be cautious!

hiking
2 months ago

Intending the shorter Rowena plateau hike missed the loop and found myself going up and up and the multiple plateaus provided captivating shots of Adams and Hood and of course the Gorge. On one particular switchback the purple and blue button head flowers on the right side going up were pretty brilliant capturing rain flow from the upside of the trail. Bugs were very mild mostly in the treed areas sheltered from the mild winds that were welcome to keep me cooled off as well fight off those I'm sure would have been there had the day been calm. I ended the hike on the last grass plateau before I could see it make a sharp decline heading east into the forested area and back up another steep ascent to what I'm guessing was close to the end of the trail. Having just finished off the Mosier Plateau trail figured I'd save it for another day. Very enjoyable hike that I'd say firmly fits the moderate level. I knew this area was a snakes paradise as the whole Gorge is really and was warned by a hiker descending passing me about mid way but did not see a one. The TH area here off the Historic Highway 30 is a large scenic area even if you're not looking to exert yourself. I'd do this one again next time to the Points end.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike - the views just got better and better the farther you went. The incline seemed pretty relentless but it was our second hike of the day. It was a bluebird day and the views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams were spectacular! At the trail head, the hike is listed as 3 miles in and out - not sure if there is an extension that gets you to 4.5...the flowers were fading - next year we will go in May. We saw very few people on the trail.

Great hike! Went two weeks ago and the flowers were pretty much gone. There was a lot of poison oak and quite a few rattle snakes on the trail. It’s worth going early spring when all the wild flowers are out!

Awesome day. Windy but fun.

Worth the trip to the top! Winding trails with beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Wild flowers in full bloom with Mt Hood and Mt Adams visible. Ran into a rattlesnake but came away without ticks.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Very windy. I went on a 74* day. It is a light to moderate traffic trail. Very little shade. If you go, take plenty of water, sunscreen and good shoes . As said before there are no bathrooms and no where to really sneak off the trail. We’ve all done it, don’t judge! Did see a few patches of poison oak, and came home with 2 ticks. Flowers, trees and views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams are worth it. Saw some amazing rainbow clouds!

Flowers in bloom right now. Nice hike .

hiking
3 months ago

Really beautiful hike but my god was it hot! Drove down from the Seattle area to do a few hikes along the Columbia Gorge. This trail had me stopping constantly to take pictures and also cool down. Worth the climb and sun exposure.

hiking
3 months ago

NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS as said before. I chugged a coffee and a bunch of water before my 90 min drive from Portland and let me say it was NOT fun to find a private area to go. Also you hear lots of rattlesnakes scurry off and there's tons of poison oak so BE CAREFUL. Besides that- it's a GORGEOUS trail. Tons of wildflowers, decent incline and absolutely beautiful! Very little shade and pretty dusty, so do it in decent time. I started at 11 and was done by 1. I didn't use sunscreen and was burnt beyond belief, that was dumb on my part.

hiking
3 months ago

Warning- it’s hot. Please don’t start the trail with small children past 1-2. Very limited shade on most of the trail- direct sunlight! We saw SO many hot kids and hot dogs- they were strugglinggggg. There are NO bathrooms and very limited private forrest areas. Don’t say you weren’t warned ;)

The wildflowers are beautiful. The views are stunning. Wonderful trail- stable ground, firm path, not too steep- utilizes switchbacks well, only a few rocky areas. Lots of people because of it.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked May 11: full bloom! Well-marked trail, steep in a few places, stunning gorge views. Beware of poison oak and no bathrooms at trailhead.

Nice wildflowers but way too crowded with people oblivious to poison oak lining both sides of the trail.

Beautiful wildflowers and a gorgeous view of Mount Hood and Mount Baker. No ticks but thanks to the last review I have brushed my hair three times since arriving back at my car.
There ARE rattlesnakes.. The one I came across was anxious to get away from me.

3 months ago

My friend and I got 100 ft up the trail and came upon a rattlesnake. it was hiding on the edge of the trail in the bushes. Being so close to it we booked it down the trail and ended up falling on hands and knees. I would love to try it again with more people sometime but we were too freaked out to try again after that. :/ and yes I'm aware we handled it all wrong.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with the wild flowers. Steady incline but not overall difficult. Huge amounts of poison oak right on trail especially further up. Also found two ticks in my hair and I never stopped moving or sat/laid down anywhere.

In early May the wildflowers on this trail are absolutely incredible!

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

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful in the fall!

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

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