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Tom McCall Point Trail

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Mayer State Park

Tom McCall Point Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near The Dalles, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,210 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no shade

no dogs

This trail is closed due to muddy conditions October through April. The type of soil at Tom McCall is very clay like and makes for a slick and dangerous trail in the rainy season. Also, hiking while the trail is muddy causes more damage to the trail itself. This is a great day hike in the Columbia gorge! You get exceptional views of the gorge as well as Mount Adams and Mount Hood. Wild flowers like lupine, paint brush, fox glove, and wild rose, arrow root etc can be viewed. Please beware as you traverse the oak forest as there is poison oak mixed in with the true oak. For a real feast for your eyes go the extra bit down the south west trail and up on the adjoining hill great views and a lovely spot for a picnic. The trail is located within a nature preserve. No bikes or dogs allowed.

hiking
3 days ago

Great views it was a little cloudy but so we couldn’t see the Mountains. But we’ll be back on a clear day.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

This trail had scenic views throughout however we did see a good number of rattlesnakes on the trail that did rattle, be careful in the tall grass and winds can be very strong so watch your footing, bug spray would Be advised as the mosquitos are abundant and do bite!

hiking
bugs
15 days ago

This was a great little hike with amazing views! The trail was uphill all the way to the top with some flat areas! Bring Mosquito spray or some sort of repellent! (sounds strange and we were definitely not expecting Mosquitos, they are mostly in the shaded, wooded parts of the trail.) Other than the resilient Mosquitos the hike was awesome and I would do it again! It was not windy and the sun was shining bright and hot! Don't forget sunscreen!

hiking
21 days ago

Very Windy but great trail

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing views! Lots of poison oak in the shaded areas. Very windy at the beginning in the open area but not too windy on switchbacks. No bathroom at the trailhead. It was sunny but with some clouds so we didn’t see the mountains but still worth the climb for the views of the river.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

great trail! well worth it when you get to the top. TONS of poison oak and poison ivy though.

hiking
3 months ago

No dogs!! I love dogs but please be respectful

hiking
3 months ago

Highly recommend. Great views of the river and Mt. Adams. Summit is actually 1.8 miles in, can continue but best views from that point.

Really nice, relatively short trail that seems to have it all. Would be one of my 'go to' trails if I lived in the area.

hiking
8 months ago

I've been on this trail several times, last time today. I live close so it is one of my "go to" trails on clear days. They've done a great job with this trail. (Thank you!) It's a great work out with beautiful views of Mt. Adams, the gorge, and then Mt. Hood at the end. The wild flowers are amazing in the spring. Lots of little lizards and I've seen rattlers a couple of times. Like the description says, it is very slick and muddy when wet so just find someplace else to hike until it dries out.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

Trail is nice, some spots very steep and edgy. Lots of bees!

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Loads of poison oak but still one of my favorites. There is some shade but most of the trail is exposed. Start early.

hiking
Thu Jul 04 2019

Fairly healthy climb with switchbacks to beautiful views in the eastern part of the Columbia River Gorge. You will see…To the west is Mt. Hood, while the river flows into the heart of the gorge. You can see wind surfers dot the river. To the north is Mt. Adams, the oft-timed overlooked mountain of the cascades. To the east, the levelling out of the gorge, glimpses of the high desert. Obviously, this trail, like others in the gorge, becomes crowded during spring’s wildflower blooms. But the views do it justice and later in the season, the trail’s mud hardens into a smooth surface to hike upon.

hiking
Mon Jun 17 2019

lots of flowers. good views at top. can be very windy.

Mon Jun 17 2019

It was very windy but just made the wildflowers that much more attractive. The trail is in great shape.

hiking
Mon Jun 17 2019

Definitely a worthwhile hike! I went a couple of weeks ago at the end of May. You do have to work for it but the views are amazing! Watch out for rattlesnakes though; some fellow hikers mentioned they had seen one but I personally didn’t encounter one. Lots of lizards and smaller critters to see along the way!

Wed Jun 05 2019

I hiked this trail for the first time today and it was fantastic! Great spreads of wild flowers, beautiful views and a good balance of terrain made for a pleasant time. The end dead ends at a private property fence line, but just before is a fantastic view. Highly recommended.

hiking
Mon Jun 03 2019

Great hike. Relatively easy except for some rocky parts at the start. The wind was quite snappy too but who cares with these views? Beautiful views and flowers. The balsamroot bloom may be over but the bachelor buttons, sweet peas, yarrow, wild roses, and many others were out in force. The blue and purple looked like lakes. Saw a deer, what looked like a corn snake (not small), and lots of lizards.

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

Excellent hike. Started around 9am under perfect blue skies and mid-60 F temperatures. Temperature got up to mid 70s by end of hike. Saw 2 deer, a DOG (against the rules of course) and tons of wild flowers a although the yellow daises like flowers were about gone. This hike has some shade but not a lot and if temperatures were in the 80s or 90s (does it ever get that hot in the CRG) then it would be a little more brutal. As it was I sweated off my sunscreen as the trail is essentially up hill all the way. We didn’t hike to the end as indicated on the all trails app due to some in my party not wanting to exert any more effort, but the top of the first hill afforded magnificent views. So this hike had some similarities to the high line trail in Glacier NP, which is in my top 5 hikes of all time. It had the flowers, sweeping vistas, fabulous views of Mt Hood and Mr Adams (I think it was Adams) if they aren’t obscured by clouds. Hood especially was photogenic with wild flowers in the foreground and Hood in the back ground. We did this on Friday 5/31 and there were maybe 10 hikers on the trail the entire time we were on it, which is not like the high line trail. We did see plenty of poison oak, no snakes, no ticks, just an awesome hike. Highly highly recommend this one.

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

A great hike for views and the wild flowers. Purple flowers are showing off now with the pink wild roses just starting. The yellow ones are pretty much done. You will climb 101 floors or 1200 ft in elevation. No dogs allowed.

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Utterly amazing! So worth it despite all the people. Watch out for the poison oak though.

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Wed May 22 2019

Don’t bring your dogs. I saw a lot of people with dogs, but this is a nature preserve. That aside, perfect day hike. Wildflowers are in full bloom. Absolutely breathtaking. Can see both Hood and Adams. Fun for most ages; saw people carrying small children all the way up to perhaps hikers in their 70s. Really peaceful and enjoyed chatting with others at the top.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

Nice workout. Wildflowers are incredible! Nice trail run down. Moderate traffic.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

Beautiful this time of year!

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

AMAZING HIKE!

hiking
Wed May 15 2019

Perfect in springtime, when wild flowers are blooming all at once

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