Rowena Plateau Trail

EASY 138 reviews
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Rowena Plateau Trail is a 2 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Very scenic and beautiful. There weren’t many people on the trail, which made this quite enjoyable.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very dead in winter, come back in the summer when everything is alive and it's a 5/5

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no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful, easy. Bring a camera, pose for pictures and go in the spring.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorites. Easy out and back (I took my 65 year old non-hiker father and he didn’t have any problems. Gorgeous views of The Gorge.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice views, easy to walk, but very hot when it was 93 out yesterday. I can’t wait to go back in April to see the wild flowers.

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no shade
5 months ago

Gorgeous panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. Easy and flat. Only drawback was lack of shade on a hot sunny day, and wildflowers dried up long ago.

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off trail
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The Rowena Plateau Trail is an easy hike with one exception. If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to reconsider hiking it. It’ll take you to the edge of the gorge walls, while a blustering wind hits you. It offers a bird’s eye view of the river below and the little town of Lyle Washington where the Klickitat empties into the Columbia. You can see people recreating on the beech as well as one or two wind surfers. Lyle, arguably, might be better for windsurfing than Hood River. There’s a couple of spring fed swamp holes along the way, but they aren’t very accessible. Lots of tall grass and flowers in the spring. It’s a good companion to the McCall Point Trail and you can easily do both on the same day.

hiking
6 months ago

Rowena Plateau was a pleasant surprise! It’s a mostly flat dirt trail on top of the plateau, but it also has some gorgeous wildflowers, a hidden wetland, and frequent falcon sightings. The trail is easy to follow and has amazing views of the gorge. The out and back took me about 35 minutes so it was quick, too. Very much worth the stop!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice short trail with lots of view at the top. It’s kid friendly and the views are specatacular with both columbia river gorge and plateau at sight.

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely leisurely hike for viewing wildflowers!

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no shade
7 months ago

I loved it! It was a really chill hike. Would have done the other trails around here but I was pretty limited on time. GREAT photo opportunity and just a good place to relax. We saw a pretty big snake on the trail but didn’t get a good enough look to see what kind.

7 months ago

This is a must see destination in the gorge. Amazing views. Be sure to go in April to see the wild flowers. Also we discovered dogs are not allowed on the trails here (volunteers sit in their cars to stop you). I wish we knew that ahead of time.

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no shade
8 months ago

Lupine in full bloom, balsam root in bloom but just past it’s prime. Still a lovely hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely views, wildflowers, birds. Heavily used when balsam root at its peak but a compatible group.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous flowers right now and views are spectacular. Lots of wind but 70 degrees made it enjoyable.

8 months ago

fantastic easy hike. did this one on May 3rd, flowers are full bloom.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike with lovely views. Really quite fascinating to see the terrace-like terrain of the lava flows contrasting with the bright wildflowers. Did this as a twofer with Tom McCall Point. Watch for rattlesnakes.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely beautiful easy hike with fascinating terrain. Mid April and the wildflowers were just starting; if you’re looking for a full blown wildflower experience wait a couple weeks. The wind was intense; bring ear protection and something warm. Stunning views. Some trails were closed/disappearing but the signage wasn’t very clear. Responding to the below review, the trail isn’t close to the cliffs in most spots but there are definitely a few places if you do the full loop that you’ll want to be holding little guys’ hands and made my height-afraid husband feel a little woozy. Friendly reminder that there’s no dogs on this trail; ran into some other hikers with their dogs that didn’t realize that and they were disappointed to have to turn around.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views! Wild flowers starting to pop up everywhere (mid April ) ! Mostly flat, easy terrain , no drop offs near trail , great for young kids . You could also do the Tom McCall trail at the same trailhead for more of a workout or more views.

hiking
9 months ago

No stop 20-30 mph winds. Saw lizard and garter snake

hiking
9 months ago

Great morning to hike, we hit the trail about 6:30am and it was just getting light. We had the trail to ourselves. 50 plus degrees, no wind. Great morning to take in all the flowers.

walking
9 months ago

Short but lovely walk. flowers are starting to bloom, saw deers and lots of birds. Really nice area! Windy though, so take a windbreaker with you.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Sat Jan 05 2019

Needed to stretch our legs and the afternoon hike fit the bill. Great views out and back.

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Wed Jan 02 2019

It was a gorgeous winter day with absolutely no wind & the Columbia mirrored the beautiful blue skies! Our faces were very chilly with the sun on our backs, but we got toasty when we faced the sun. This sweet little trail meanders all along the top of the plateau & offers several icy little ponds. The views were outrageous! I’d love to return in the spring to see the wildflowers in bloom.

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Fri Dec 21 2018

Can be extremely windy but has fantastic views with little effort required.

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