Best backpacking trails in Cascade Locks, Oregon

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Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Cascade Locks with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of backpacking trails in Cascade Locks, Oregon
Top trails (9)
#1 - Mount Defiance Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 8 h 25 m
Hike to the highest point of the Columbia Gorge with amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St Helens, and Mt. Adams Many consider this hike Oregon's hardest trail. As you climb this six million year old shield volcano, you will find breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St Helens. While the top is marred by a bunch of communication equipment, you will still find one of the best views of Mt Hood.Show more
#2 - Eagle Creek Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 25.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
An amazing gorge hike with several beautiful waterfalls, including one you can walk behind. This trail begins at Eagle Creek Campground and ends at Wahtum Lake. This is a nice out and back hike with great scenery of waterfalls, ferns, and rocky outcroppings. It's quite popular with easy vehicle access at the trailhead, so plan to see a lot of other hikers and is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. This hike is not far from Portland and is best in the spring or early summer to really appreciate the beautiful waterfalls.Show more
#3 - Gorge Trail 400: Bridge of the Gods Trailhead to Wyeth
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
#4 - Eagle Creek to Benson Plateau Loop
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
Please note: as of September 2020, the Eagle Creek and surrounding area remains closed due to increased mudslide risk from past fire damage. For updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=29912&actid=50Show more
#5 - North Lake Trail
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
#6 - Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 23.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note: as of October 2020 the Eagle Creek and surrounding area remains close due to landslide damage. For updates, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation#conditions.Show more
#7 - Chinidere Mountain Loop [CLOSED]
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
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Length: 22.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: As of October 2020, the Herman Creek trailhead is closed due to root rot and hazardous trees. For updates, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation#conditions. Beginning at the Herman Creek Trailhead, follow the Herman Creek 406 trail and connect to the PCT. Then shortly after connect to the Chinidere Mtn cutoff trail. On the way back, take the PCT down to the Herman Creek Bridge Trail and reconnect to the Herman Creek 406 Trail. Show more
#8 - Tanner Butte Trail [CLOSED]
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 18.3 mi • Est. 10 h 46 m
Note: Closed due to previous fire damage. You can check the trail status here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=30074Show more
#9 - Nick Eaton #447 and Gorton Creek # 408 Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
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Length: 17.4 mi • Est. 10 h 59 m
Note: As of October 2020, the Herman Creek trailhead is closed due to root rot and hazardous trees. For updates, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation#conditions.Show more