Explore the most popular trail running trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The Lower Trail is now open.
The start from Upper Trail is steep and takes some stamina but the views are worth it. The hike to viewpoint is less than halfway around the loop. Lower Trail/2nd portion of loop starts out ok but gets tricky with lots of narrow pathway, loose rocks, and slippery ground. After walking over lava rocks in summer you want to jump in the waterfall but the waterfall itself is rather skimpy right now.
Overall, an interesting hike with varied terrain but footing on lower trail is challenging (hiking shoes suggested) and total loop is def closer to 7.5 miles, as other reviewers have stated.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty good hike. Be sure to pay attention though. I had assumed since the trail went to the second lake, so that one must be Gillette right? I was wrong and its not really worth the extra little bit to get there. Overall though still very please the few views you do get are quite amazing of the gorge, and its still possible to take in the beauty of the Oregon scars

Beautiful hike but a little disappointed that about half of the trail is closed due to falcon mating season and a fire. We went about 2 miles one way then turned around and came back. Looking forward to the entire loop being open. Didn’t pass that many hikers and the silence is golden.

hiking
12 days ago

The lake was worth it. The trail left a lot to be desired for me. My daughter got bored too without some of the views and waterfalls the gorge has to offer. The lake was very cool though and hiking on part of the PCT is always a fun adventure.

hiking
15 days ago

The views are great. There are lots of roots and rocks on part of the trail, but otherwise it's in good condition. The loop is still closed, but you can go out about 4 mi and back for a nice 8 mi hike. The amphitheater is a cool lookout and lunch spot.

Good hike, forest covered and well marked. Lake was beautiful

Great trail, something for everyone, views, water fall, lots of activity areas, get there early, parking fills up fast.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! Great views, good workout!

Did this hike back in January of 2017 and it was icy and slick which made the trek harder than it would be in the spring or summer months.

Hiked with my 10 mo old in tow. Lower trails were closed but viewpoints at the top were awesome! Lots of switchbacks and pretty steep. Made for a good workout. Can't wait to come back and do the whole loop with the waterfalls included!

05/20/2018 Good hike with multiple viewpoints. Features a decent amount of elevation gain. Trail is somewhat narrow. It can get crowded on the weekends, parking in particular. Lower half of the trail was closed due to falcon mating season. Trail has plenty of shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Always one of my favorites!

hiking
1 month ago

This stretch of the PCT is overgrown along its entirety with abundant poison oak. Literally miles of it, some hip high, along the trail. Wish we had not gone near it and plan on spending the evening washing dogs, gear, ourselves. Ugh. Stay away!!

Excellent hike, starts with good elevation gain. Has an amphitheatre type location at top the little history of the land.

Beautiful once you get to the top and well worth it! Expect rocky dry terrain until you do. You will pass horsetail falls along the way. Horsetail falls is more crowded, but I only saw a couple of ppl up at Triple falls.

I was able to take my 5 year old on this trail with no problems, though he's an adventurous, extremely active kiddo. He struggled at times on elevation gain, and we kept an eye on him as there are always drops... The hike itself is beautiful, I absolutely love how green the gorge is, and this hike is beautiful. You have options to kick off to see other waterfalls, but Triple Falls is absolutely amazing. My family likes to go past the falls, over the bridge, and there's a little area there to have a snack, lunch, play a game, or just chill.

Fun hike with lots of viewpoints. The purple blooms along the trail were really pretty as well. Trail is not the best for trail running but certainly worth checking out.

2 months ago

Good trail for a moderate hike. 8M out/back to the closed section which opens in July.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on May 4: this hike has it all: waterfalls, wildflowers, a few old growths, scenic gorge views, foot bridges, tunnel and delphinium lined trails. Lower trail closed, clocked 8.77 Miles on my i-watch doing an out and back course. Well maintained paths with excellent signage...

Love this trail. I didn't do the full loop as it was really windy when I got up to the top, but I did look at the map when I got back to the parking area and then hiked the lower trail to the second waterfall. it was a day after rains and the lower trail was wet and had very steep drop offs that looked like it went straight into the Columbia. The full loop is a must on my list on a day when the ground is more dry. Read the map in the parking lot, it tells you how to get to the lower trail. I did this hike back in early Feb before the lower trail closed.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views! New favorit trail.. It’s about 1.4 miles up to the top and about 800 ft in elevation gain from the parking lot. Wasn’t sure where the lower half that was closed began though.

hiking
2 months ago

BEAUTIFUL views! Just the right amount of hike. PSA— it says this everywhere but somehow I missed the fact that the lower half of the trail is closed. So, avoid walking on the highway like I did and plan accordingly.

Not as muddy any more. Not too crowded compared to other gorge trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Just did this trail yesterday. Be advised that it is super muddy and slippery right now, so to add some extra time into your plans to compensate for moving a bit slower. But it’s a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, although the trail was kind of muddy. We hiked out of the woods in a more open area and we spotted lots of beautiful common garter snakes. Bald eagles all over the place.
Gilette lake is not that special but on a sunny day it is enjoyable.
Looking to the west...who are those two rocky persons sitting on top of that isolated rock? Is one of them wearing a hat?

Beautiful views of the Gorge. It was not real muddy when we went. The soil is very clay like and it was very compacted down. My shoes were hardly dirty when we got back to the parking lot.
Just an FYI, the spot where the lower trail begins (the area that is closed off) isn’t well marked that it’s closed off. However, once you reach the waterfall, that’s as far as you’re supposed to go. The trail is not blocked off prohibiting you from continuing on, but that is where the forestry would like for you to turn around. This is a really great hike!

This is a nice trail.
Recently there has been some amateur back slope cutting that’s made the trend more uneven than needed.

hiking
4 months ago

We started at Bonneville TH and hiked to Gillette Lake. About 6 miles round trip. The trail is not too crowded and hikers were out for solitude and escape. Some horse traffic but overall a wonderful hike.

on Cape Horn Loop Trail

4 months ago

the views were good the hike was okay.

hiking
5 months ago

Not much to say about it. Overal it is a nice hike.

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