Hiking The Columbia River Gorge  by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch

Hiking The Columbia River Gorge Guide Book

by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)
Hiking The Columbia River Gorge  by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch
The book describes a wide range of hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, from easy to very strenuous, accessible and remote. Detailed trail descriptions and mileages, suggestions on how to get the most from your hike (points of interest along the way, and some history and natural history of the area as well). Also included is information on how to find many of the Gorge’s waterfalls, for people who enjoy seeking those out. For backpackers, it has not only good route descriptions, but suggestions on hike variations and where the best campsites are located. Also included are recommendations for hiking to the best viewpoints in the gorge.

© 2014 Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking The Columbia River Gorge" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.

A short, gentle hike to Coopey Falls, an intermediate hike to Angels Rest lookout for a view, and a long day hike to Devils Rest for more views.
Corbett, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.9
A short, steep day hike to the top of Beacon Rock. The heavily traveled trail to the top of Beacon Rock is paved in some places, boardwalked in others, and surrounded by a safety guardrail most of the way up. The view is spectacular, and the location deeply historical.
Stevenson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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A short walk to an overlook above Bridal Veil Falls with a nature trail option afterward.
Corbett, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
A healthy day hike with a good climb up Nick Eaton Ridge from the Herman Creek Trail. The Casey Creek Loop is an 11.2 mile day hike, with an overnight option at the Casey Creek Trail junction. The climb up to Nick Eaton Ridge is not easy, but the hiker is rewarded with great views across the valley to the Benson Plateau.
Hood River, OR - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 11.2
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A short day hike to a natural basalt arch. From the lookout the view of the arch is a bit eerie, as a narrow slit allows light to slip between the arch and the side of the gulch.
Lyle, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1.4
This is a short, gentle hike to Coopey Falls. From the trailhead, Trail 415 climbs gradually, winding through forest into open slide areas. Burn marks are evident on many of the older trees that survived a 1991 fire. A more recent burn has allowed sunlight to reach the forest floor, fostering the growth of lots of bushy plants such as ocean spray, thimbleberry, and wildflowers. At 0.8 mile, you reach Coopey Falls, a 150- to 175-foot horsetail-type waterfall. There are several spur lookout trails to the left for views down onto the crashing waters of the falls.
Corbett, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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A gorgeous dry-land sagebrush stroll along and above the famous Deschutes River.
Biggs, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
A steep day hike up Dog Mountain. The Dog Mountain Trail System is heavily used by many hikers and the summit is often crowded on weekends; still, the mountain provides a peaceful and scenic hike. On a clear day, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams are all visible from the top. Dog Mountain is also well-known for wildflowers, especially during the spring and early summer.
Cook, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
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The second most famous and perhaps most enjoyable hike in the gorge.
Cascade Locks, OR - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 24.2
The second most famous and perhaps most enjoyable hike in the Gorge. Eagle Creek Trail is second only to Multnomah Falls in popularity, being the hike with more waterfalls than any other in the Columbia Gorge. It is also one of the most flexible, offering day, overnight, and extended backpacking options.
Dodson, OR - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13.3
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A short day hike to 290–foot–high Elowah Falls. Elowah Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Gorge at 290 feet and produces an incredible amount of spray and mist that swirls around the base of the falls. The mist is cold and pure on the skin especially on a hot day. The hike involves a gentle ascent and descent, is short, and does not climb on any ledges, unlike the trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls. This hike is a good hike for people of all ages.
Dodson, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
A 5-mile round-trip day hike to Gillette Lake on the famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This trail offers easy day-hiking. The terrain is dominated by second growth Douglas-fir trees averaging 60-80 years and younger. Most of the hiking is through the trees, but several points offer unique views of the Columbia River Gorge and Table Mountain.
Stevenson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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A mix of singletrack trail and paved multiuse trail that connects the John B.Yeon State Scenic Corridor and Tanner Creek short day hike to 290-foot-high Elowah Falls. If you’re looking to really explore the gorge or an alternate access route to Munra Point with a little more scenery past Elowah Falls, this is a hike for you. The hike involves a gentle ascent and descent, is short, and does not climb on any ledges, unlike the trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls. This is a good hike for people of all ages.
Cascade Locks, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
A flat to rolling walk from Multnomah Falls through the trees paralleling the Historic Columbia River Highway to Ainsworth Campground.
Dodson, OR - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
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A one- or two-day backpack climb up around Nick Eaton Ridge, with great views, dark forest corridors, and a clear, freshwater wilderness destination. Gorton Creek Trail passes through a forest of old growth Douglas-fir trees and offers multiple views of the Gorge and the cascades to the North. For day hiking, the best route is the hike to Indian Point.
Hood River, OR - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 10.8
A steep day hike to the top of Hamilton Mountain, passing Hardy and Rodney Falls. The Hamilton Mountain Trail climbs 4 miles to the top of Hamilton Mountain, and once past the falls it is almost all uphill. This portion of Beacon Rock State Park offers spectacular views, but some sections of the trail are very steep and you should consider carefully before taking the southern route to the top. There is a less treacherous route, described as the return route for this hike, that runs to the north after Rodney Falls.
Stevenson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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A good overnight route with loop options back on the Benson Plateau. Herman Creek is known for its old growth fir and cedar forest. The best trees are past the Casey Creek junction. For an overnight stay amongst the cedars, hike to Cedar Swamp and spend a night, or continue on to Mud Lake for a second night. You can either end your hike at Whatum Lake or loop back on the Benson Plateau via the Pacific Crest Trail 2000 (PCT). Several easy mountain climbs along the way include Chinidere and Tomlike mountains.
Hood River, OR - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 12.1
A 4.5-mile rolling paved trail along a restored portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Hood River, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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A wide, paved multiuse path connecting the Tanner Creek, Eagle Creek, and Cascade Locks areas for nonmotorized recreationists.
Cascade Locks, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A short day hike underneath Ponytail Falls that can easily be extended to Triple Falls.
Dodson, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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