Rowena Plateau Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near The Dalles, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

This was for sure top 3 for flowers this year for me.

4 months ago

Easy trail for breaking the ice with hiking. Pretty windy but still fun. There’s some pretty cool views.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike , with beautiful view

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked on May 11. Scenic gorge views, very easy flat terrain, abundant wildflowers: balsamroot was in full bloom. Beware: no bathrooms, lots of poison oak by the ponds.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views and meadows. Wildflowers are in full bloom.

5 months ago

We drove out to this trail today and had a fantastic time. It's a Wednesday in late April and the weather was perfect, 75 degrees with a light breeze. I'm pretty sure the weather doesn't get better. The flowers are in bloom, and coupled with amazing gorge views on a clear blue, I'd say it doesn't get any better. (and yes, I said it doesn't grey any better twice).

The trail is pretty easy, but not so easy you feel like your aren't even hiking. It was a good speed for my mom with back and sometimes knee problems, but she still got a workout.

The path goes up and down, with a general decrease in elevation, on the way in (and obviously does the opposite on the way out). The main path is wide and easy to follow, with some rocks to step over / around. There are a few smaller traiks you can take to loop around for a different view.

If your are a regular hiker, who is used to more incline, you'll find it super easy and it'll probably take 30 min. It's so darn pretty though, I say do it anyways. We were slow and loligaging, taking lots of pictures, and it took us an hour.

As a side note, we had a picnic on the beach of the Columbia at Mayer Park, which is to the north of 84 at the Rowena exit, and was pleasant.

There were gorgeous views of the Gorge on this trail. Super windy when we were there. Beautiful wild flowers everywhere. Followed this with a walk up old scenic hiway trail which was also very scenic and easy.

walking
7 months ago

It’s a nice 30 mins walk on a flat terrain with a great view of the river

hiking
7 months ago

Did this one first day of March! Wildflowers are in early bloom. Spring is on its way! Trail is easy to follow. Great views! Would love to snowshoe in winter. Wouldn't recommend in summer for hot temperatures and rattles. Great for all ages! Would do again.

10 months ago

Very nice hike take a camera

Friday, July 28, 2017

Great views! Cute ponds!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Easy trail with great views of the gorge! Be prepared to be exposed to the sun and high winds.

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Solid views from the top.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Easy. Great view of wildflowers

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beautiful views. Can't wait to come back when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Monday, September 05, 2016

The upper trail is ok. On a clear day it is possible to see Hood and Adams. The lower trail is just a short walk but the ponds have croaking frogs that are nice to listen to.

Friday, May 20, 2016

beautiful flowers and views a gorgeous drive also added miles if you go up Mcall point wow bteathtaking

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

nice views

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Looks great, but no dogs allowed. Only 3 stars because of that.

hiking
Sunday, September 28, 2014

we loved the views. September was very brown and dry and would love to go in the spring. Easy walking. Deserted on a Saturday afternoon. Saw hawks, vultures, blue jays, crows.

hiking
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A very easy, relaxing trail with breathtaking views. The lush green ponds seem magical, especially this time of the year when the entire trail is mostly surrounded by dry grasses.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

This out and back hike is not to long and does not provide anything for those looking for an intense physical challenge, but it is not to be missed. The trail takes you out across the Rowena Plateau, which stretches out along the Columbia River and provides amazing views up and down the gorge. Much of the plateau is covered in meadow, filled with flowers during the spring. Between the landscape of the plateau and the moss covered rocks, I felt I was back in Ireland on a hike, until I would look up and seeing the stunning River Gorge and I knew this was a wholly unique place.

hiking
Friday, August 17, 2012

Absolutely stunning wildflowers in late May with sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge. One of my favorite hikes in the area.

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