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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

EASY 12 reviews
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

running

river

Never did this trail before so I accidentally stayed on the paved old highway and continued through the tunnel to Cascade Locks/Bridge of the gods. Cross the street and go through the park and there is a sign for PCT. Follow this part of the PCT up and under the underpass. Do not cross the underpass, instead skirt it and you will find a sign and small path for Gorge 400 and this will put you back on the trail. This part of the trail is spooky and burnt due to the fires but still beautiful. The path is washed out twice and might not be great for kids. US Forest Service site says this trail is open even though there are many signs that say all unpaved trails are closed.

hiking
5 months ago

Spent the weekend at Eagle Creek Campground and hit this trail to walk into town for a beer and a bite....great little leisurely walk after a long of hiking

hiking
closed
7 months ago

CLOSED.

Mon Aug 14 2017

Gorgeous hike.

hiking
Mon Aug 15 2016

Easy hike for someone passing through the gorge. Very accessible, a quick 30 minute climb to get your heart pumping after sitting in the car for x hours. It has about 12 switchbacks that bring you up around the side of the mountain and drop you in on top of the falls. Great view and pretty fun.

Tue Apr 12 2016

Mon Aug 10 2015

This is an easy hike great for adults and kids. Plenty of steps and resting points on the way to the bridge make it idea for an easy hike with beautiful views. Parking is almost always extremely busy and make take some time. The shop at the falls offers local items and some history of the falls. There is a restaurant on site, but I have not visited it.

Mon Jul 20 2015

Breathtaking views, but really crowded during the summer. If you're into LOTR you'll love this place.

hiking
Tue Jul 07 2015

If you decide to climb to the top of Multnomah Falls you can escape the weekend crowds a bit, but the bridge is a mess and there'll be no communing with nature midday. The hike is challenging with 11 long switchbacks. Worth it if you want a workout.

Sun Jun 28 2015

Beautiful waterfall. Easy walk to get to them (.2 mile uphill). We went on a Wednesday and it was packed so I would recommend not going there on the weekend.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2012

Amazing waterfall but go during the week if you can last time I was there on a Friday the line was half a mile long to get into the parking lot

road biking
Mon May 30 2016