Explore the most popular forest trails near The Dalles with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this hike when the wild flowers are in full bloom. The pup loves chasing bugs and having a drink in the creek. Stop and have a snack in Mosier or at least a beverage and enjoy the local area

Worth the trip to the top! Winding trails with beautiful views.

Wild flowers in full bloom with Mt Hood and Mt Adams visible. Ran into a rattlesnake but came away without ticks.

Nice hike. Very windy. I went on a 74* day. It is a light to moderate traffic trail. Very little shade. If you go, take plenty of water, sunscreen and good shoes . As said before there are no bathrooms and no where to really sneak off the trail. We’ve all done it, don’t judge! Did see a few patches of poison oak, and came home with 2 ticks. Flowers, trees and views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams are worth it. Saw some amazing rainbow clouds!

Flowers in bloom right now. Nice hike .

Really beautiful hike but my god was it hot! Drove down from the Seattle area to do a few hikes along the Columbia Gorge. This trail had me stopping constantly to take pictures and also cool down. Worth the climb and sun exposure.

NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS as said before. I chugged a coffee and a bunch of water before my 90 min drive from Portland and let me say it was NOT fun to find a private area to go. Also you hear lots of rattlesnakes scurry off and there's tons of poison oak so BE CAREFUL. Besides that- it's a GORGEOUS trail. Tons of wildflowers, decent incline and absolutely beautiful! Very little shade and pretty dusty, so do it in decent time. I started at 11 and was done by 1. I didn't use sunscreen and was burnt beyond belief, that was dumb on my part.

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10 days ago

Warning- it’s hot. Please don’t start the trail with small children past 1-2. Very limited shade on most of the trail- direct sunlight! We saw SO many hot kids and hot dogs- they were strugglinggggg. There are NO bathrooms and very limited private forrest areas. Don’t say you weren’t warned ;)

The wildflowers are beautiful. The views are stunning. Wonderful trail- stable ground, firm path, not too steep- utilizes switchbacks well, only a few rocky areas. Lots of people because of it.

There isnt a marked trail and while other descriptions said it was a 5 mile hike, mine ended up being only 2.5 miles since again there isn't an actual trail. Stay out of private property. Google might take you a little too far, in that case, just come back less than 1/4 a mile and you will find the gravel road that will take you up to the trail head. Stay to your left at the beginning and do not go through the barrels that say "no trespassing". It is an up, up, up kind of hike but the views of mt hood to your left along with the amazing wildflowers discuss in spring are so worth it. I would recommend to go for wildflowers season since that is what is famous for really. I went first week of May.

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11 days ago

Hiked May 11: full bloom! Well-marked trail, steep in a few places, stunning gorge views. Beware of poison oak and no bathrooms at trailhead.

Nice wildflowers but way too crowded with people oblivious to poison oak lining both sides of the trail.

Beautiful wildflowers and a gorgeous view of Mount Hood and Mount Baker. No ticks but thanks to the last review I have brushed my hair three times since arriving back at my car.
There ARE rattlesnakes.. The one I came across was anxious to get away from me.

Beautiful hike with the wild flowers. Steady incline but not overall difficult. Huge amounts of poison oak right on trail especially further up. Also found two ticks in my hair and I never stopped moving or sat/laid down anywhere.

In early May the wildflowers on this trail are absolutely incredible!

The wildflowers are spectacular on Marsh Hill, but as we continued on the loop counterclockwise from the rest area, the track disappears and is impossible to follow. We had to turn around and retrace our steps. Beautiful creative wind sculptures on the property where we turned around.

Beautiful, easy, and so worth the views!

The trial has been changed, but the new path is easy to figure out and follow

great hike! my wife and I went for the first time today. alltrails needs to update the trail as it has changed. at the summit we ate lunch before hiking back down. the hike up will make you sweat. the summit was cold when we went, the hike down was just right. we saw a couple hiking up, the guy with no shirt (in cold weather). Here is a link from us walking the new route:
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2326947887?share_unique_id=4

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6 months ago

Beautiful in the fall!

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7 months ago

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10 months ago

This is a great hike offering views of the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. I have seen rattlesnakes on this trail almost every time. Be aware!

there's definitely a few people that need be thank for creating this wonderful Trail. the trail is in extremely good condition and the views are great worth sharing with Friends and doing it over and over

Great views and a great workout.

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10 months ago

Great little hike, we decided to try this one our way to Big Jim's drive thru. Be cautious of rattlesnakes.

11 months ago

Great day for a hike in the Columbia gorge!! The wild flowers like lupine, paint brush, fox glove, and wild rose were at peak!! The arrow root was past peak, but you can still find some for a photo. Please beware as you traverse the oak forest there is tons of poison oak mixed in with the true oak. For a real feast for your eyes go the extra bit and go down the south west trail and up on the adjoining hill great views and a lovely spot for a picnic !!!

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11 months ago

Nice, well-maintained trail, could have had better views for the distance. We didn't pay the $5 to park at the campground - there's a few areas where you can park on the side of the road. Would definitely recommend taking the short trail to the lookout tower. Be careful of mountain bikers, there were a lot and they can come up on you quickly.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Beautiful. Decent workout but can be a good stroll too.

Friday, May 19, 2017

It was beautiful. The skies were blue, scattered with a few clouds. We had views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. I would do this hike again as long as the flowers are out!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite close by go to trails for a relatively quick hike. You get exceptional views of the gorge as well as mount Adams and mount Hood. I often see wildlife on this trail ranging from reptiles to deer and on one of my hikes here I got to the top right as it was getting dark and was blessed with witnessing an all black wolf roughly 100 yards away from me for a couple seconds and with out the wind even blowing his direction he stuck his nose to the ground and got hold of my scent and took off. A definite must go hike for all.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

For some reason this is one of my favorite trails in the area, I'm surprised others don't seem to share a similar opinion. On weekends it can get a little crowded at times and is a bit narrow in places and you will likely have to move to the side a time or two for mountain bikers. I tend to frequent this trail on weekdays though and have often been the only one on it which is typically when I enjoy it the most. For myself at least it's the perfect length and intensity for a decent little day hike. If you park at the main trailhead at 8 mile campground there is a 5 dollar fee but there are a couple other places you can park. You get a view of mount Adams from one section as well as spectacular distant scenery. I have often had close encounters with deer and other wildlife. This trail hosts an exceptional mixture of sites and surroundings ranging from dense wooded areas that seem to consume you to sparsely forested and open areas with great views as well as creeks, low and high ground. I encourage everyone to give this trail a shot.

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