Looking for a great trail near Cascade Locks, Oregon? AllTrails has 41 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Guy W. Talbot State Park or Beacon Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Toll House Park or Cascade Locks Marine Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 16 hard trails in Cascade Locks ranging from 4.7 to 23.1 miles and from 45 to 4,957 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Relatively quick & easy hike. Lost some points with me, because the trail just really isn’t outstanding - but the waterfall is gorgeous! Took both our pups, this was my GSD’s second time here, & it was very enjoyable for them.

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muddy
4 days ago

First ones here at 0730 on a Saturday. Minimal mud. Lovely Gorge hike. Double track and single track.

Digest the full title and maps carefully before starting. The reviews, photos and recordings under this title are probably from the Mount Defiance Trial that is the very last part of the title. There is no Viento Creek Trail and if you head up the trail parallel to the creek you’ll end up on a moderately steep trail to nowhere. It’s marked with dashed lines on the AllTrails map but isn’t labeled. It looks rarely traveled and dead-ends in a gully of no particular note. Your wife will be annoyed.

Steep scramble at the end but worth it!

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over grown
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

So I did this hike today. First of all it’s very overgrown. There are vines and fallen down trees all over the trail. It’s really hard to find the path at times. We actually ended up bushwhacking for 30 extra minutes until we found the trail. Before you reach the bend that starts taking you up into the mountains there is a sign that says area closed. PAY ATTENTION: this is where the trail goes up. It’s hard to find but look closely you’ll find it. We completely missed it and ended up on a cliff side. If you like clean, well maintained trails this isn’t for you. It’s been closed for a while so it hasn’t been maintained. I absolutely loved it though and the views were amazing. No one goes up there since it’s closed so make sure you grab a partner to hike. Dangerous hike, a lot of loose terrain so you don’t want to get hurt up there alone. Highly recommend if you’re up for a challenge.

Loved it! Kids loved playing by the falls and the dog enjoyed the hike.

Nice trail through the Forrest. The look out was crowded due to shorter trail access from the other side. Lookout was great on a clear day.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

The plan was to go counter clockwise like people have previously said to do, but there is a sign posted at the junction, to use caution and be prepared as the trail is much overgrown. I don't trust my navigational skills so I started clockwise. This side was a decent hike. It was too windy to go out to Indian Point, so we made it that far and turned around. No real views of anything other than forest because of that.

I did more a loop, returning to Cascade Locks (Thunder Island Brewery!) by way of the Dry Falls Road. The upper half of the that road trail was really nice, the lower have was meh (road turns to load rock/gravel and a few clear cuts). As for the main trail up to the falls, I enjoyed it for the most part. No real views and a lot of the undergrowth was affected by the burn, but still a pleasant, easy hike to the falls. The falls we nice, but nothing outstanding. really appreciate the the hike is easily accessible from cascade lakes (and thus easily accessible via the Gorge Express bus that runs between Portland and Hood River).

hiking
17 days ago

I led a group up here with the Mazamas. It was perfect weather and we nearly went to Warren Lake, but were pressed for time. Had views of St Helens, Rainier, and Adams along the way, plus Hood at the top. But seriously, nothing compares to the architecture some have called radio towers at the top. To behold such a relic of human and technological progress through a lens other than the eye belies the true practicality of such an artistic as well as functional creation. RECOMMENDED!

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muddy
rocky
20 days ago

Is actually Red Bluff Trail. Beautiful day, lots of fallen leaves, many muddy puddles that were tricky to skirt. Trail is one-time road, quite rocky in spots. Close up views of Red Bluffs!

Wonderful hike, great water access along campsites.

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muddy
rocky
29 days ago

Took my 3 kids (6,3,2) out on this and quickly realized that wasn’t the best idea. Thank god for carriers! It’s on the edge of a cliff a lot of the way, and very muddy in some spots. (Ankle deep) I went back last week with just my 6yo and we had a blast! Beautiful waterfall views, and a very cool cave to explore so bring a light! Not to mention- on a sunny day you’re bound to find woolly bear caterpillars! We found 20+

hiking
1 month ago

Loop closed as of 10/19. The in and back is mostly a path that’s only a few feet away from a highway with loud scary trucks whizzing by. The waterfalls were nice at least.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Lovely trail!! Pretty easy but a few muddy spots warrant wearing boots.

Cool trail! I was only able to do half as it was getting dark, but I will go back. If the campground is closed, continue on the road and park in the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Summited 10/12/19. Went Mt Defiance Trail (follow the paved trail along the highway that eventually turns left to the Hole in the Wall Waterfall) --> summit --> back down Starvation Ridge Trail (which is currently CLOSED so when you hit the junction on the way down follow Mt Defiance BACK and finish the same way you started - which adds some mileage - because you will end up at a dead end like I did if you don't pay attention). Starts out easy and flat for a little then with some mild elevation gain. Once the switchbacks start, it gets pretty steep for quite some time. Eventually you'll hit a straightforward part of the trail that gives you some time to catch your breath.... and then it starts shooting back upward. At around 3k? 3.5k? elevation, there is some snow as of right now. Never more than a few inches and mostly with dirt poking through but there are a few icy areas so watch your step. Once you hit the junction between mount defiance and mitchell point, you'll be heading up some rocks. About .25 miles away from there is a temporary sign: you can go left to the slightly shorter way (through the forest and past the service road) or to the slightly longer/more scenic route. You're not too much further from the top here. When you go back down from the summit, to go back down the slightly shorter way, turn right into the forest at the "HIGH VOLTAGE" sign (reassuring, right?). Follow the Mitchell Pt Trail/Warren Lake signs and then eventually turn back down onto Starvation Ridge Trail... just make sure to turn back onto the Mt Defiance Trail when you see a sign for it :)! It took me about 6.5 hours (with getting a little lost. About 7 hours with breaks). Clocked ~14 miles with a little over 5000 ft elev gain. Parking lot was empty @7:30 am and full when I left @2:30 pm (though with some side parking avail). Didn't see that many people on the trail as I was going and had the summit (and radio towers) to myself. View was great but the trail was difficult. Can definitely get similar views for less work but great for training and also getting to say you were at the the highest point of the Gorge!

Great trail with hardly any foot traffic. Just follow signs for PCT because there aren’t signs for the falls. However, this is a really great day hike. Mostly uphill going out which makes the back trip quite easy. Tiny glimpses of views but mostly tucked under tree cover. Saw deer, slugs and birds. Would totally do this hike again.

Beautiful hike! The upper falls has a trail that goes into a cave behind the waterfall. Unfortunately the trail is currently closed beyond the upper falls due to fire damage. So the hike is really only about a mile, but well worth it!

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muddy
1 month ago

We love this trail! Arrived at 8:30 am on a Wednesday and were the only ones. Our toddler loved it, though there are some steep cliffs so a carrier is best for parts :) Overall beautiful and fun

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

I’m so glad this is open again. It’s still absolutely gorgeous even post-fire. This trail is a bit treacherous in wet weather (but that’s part of the fun, right?) and I wouldn’t attempt it in winter even with microspikes. If you’re hiking with pets or kids, watch them closely. This is a very slippery trail even by Columbia Gorge standards and there are some pretty steep dropoffs.

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