The McLoughlin House stands today as a reminder of the great contribution Dr. John McLoughlin made to the settlement of the Oregon Country. In 1909, it was threatened with demolition, but a group of concerned local citizens formed the McLoughlin Memorial Association to preserve and protect the house and the legacy of Dr. McLoughlin. They moved the house from its original location by the river up to its present location atop the bluff, restored it, and turned the house into a museum. The McLoughlin Memorial Association continues to actively support the McLoughlin House, in partnership with the National Park Service. In 1941, the McLoughlin House was designated by Congress as a National Historic Site (the first in the West). It was added to the National Park System in 2003, as a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For additional information, visit the National Park Service's website at The mission of the McLoughlin Memorial Association is to assist in the promotion of Dr. John McLoughlin and his associates through education, interpretation, preservation, respect, and appreciation of our heritage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. John McLoughlin was chief factor (superintendent) of the British Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) based at Ft. Vancouver on the Columbia River. The fur trade brought the first permanent white settlers to the area. Dress hats made of beaver fur were worn by men and women around the world. British, French and American trappers swarmed over the western wilderness to bring in the sought-after pelts. Dr. McLoughlin crossed the Rockies in 1824 and established Ft. Vancouver in 1825. He proved to be a shrewd businessman, but he was always fair in dealing with natives and settlers alike. When American pioneers arrived on the Oregon Trail, they asked McLoughlin for supplies to help them survive their first winter in Oregon. His kindness to them would eventually cost him his job with the HBC. He had purchased HBC's land claim at Willamette Falls (Oregon City), and he and his family moved into his newly-built mansion in 1846 after being forced to retire. He died in this home in 1857.

What Nate and Jaime said below is accurate. It is 10.2 miles total. If you are looking for a good conditioning hike on a hot day, and you can get there early enough to score parking, it's a good hike that's (bonus) not too crowded. Make sure you do add the little loop at the top so you can see the Portland skyline (when conditions are just right).

The distance on this listing is off by nearly four miles (it's much closer to 10.5 total) due to many many switchbacks heading upwards. The view at the top isn't all too spectacular, and the trail is overgrown in many areas.

That said, it was still a pretty enjoyable hike. Once you get past the elevation gain you walk through a rather flat forested plateau that is simply gorgeous.

This trail is a great workout with varying types of terrain. The wildflowers are also in bloom right now. The climb is pretty relentless so be prepared for that. The viewpoints along the trail are better than the view at the top. This hike is great on a hot day because there is a lot of shade. The parking lot is fairly small and there are other trailheads off the lot, so it is best to get there early.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great trail, has it all, streams, boulders, views, flowers, etc. No sight of snow and mud today, only saw one person and the tracks of two more today, going early has it's benefits around the Gorge! Pretty steep and very rocky so best not to bring the kids or pups, and be sure to bring the bug spray.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Extremely beautiful! Fantastic views and just all around great. It is steep, majority is uphill.

Did this on May 7 2017. Gorgeous day. Great views of Adams (way up) and helens (at top). Actual summit has nice view of gorge to west. Continue on to get a view of helens. Be sure to have plenty of water. There were still patches of snow. Watch out for devils club. Lots of downed trees so take your time.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

this a good work out hike. the view at the top is a ok, mostly blocked. but still all in all it's nice, its steep. got the heart going. small parking lot at the trail head as there are other trails off this trail head.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

it's longer , steeper and higher than Dog its a good training mountain I would rate it better than 3 stars but it's 90% forest with little pay out at the end 2 hrs 15 min up and 1 hr 28 min down

Fantastic training hike that is moderate to difficult for the experienced hiker. A lot of switchbacking, some scattered rock/shingles and at some points the trail gets pretty narrow. That combined with heavy vegetation made it a bit difficult with trekking poles as they would get snagged on innocent ferns! Portland hikers guide advised about 2 miles of continuous climbing, but I think the trail was about 80% climbing. I went on a Sunday and hit the trailhead at exactly 10 am, parking lot was full (only about 10-12 spots at the John B Yeon TH) but the road 10 feet away had plenty of shoulder parking. Great views of the gorge and Mt. Adams. I only encountered about 7 people total in the 6 hours I was there, and met some really cool folks! Jason - if you see this, glad you got the AT app I recommended! A definite must do for the Gorge trail blazer!

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