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.

hiking
16 days ago

Solid views from the top.

24 days 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 !!!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy. Great view of wildflowers

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!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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