columbia river national scenic area Trails

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Eagle Creek :: Portland, OR

This trail through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area traverses a deep scenic canyon carved by bubbling Eagle Creek and shaded by a canopy of oak, bigleaf maple, and cedar.

Steigerwald Lake NWR :: Camas, WA

Follow this delightful new loop trail through a rich riparian world of wetland meadows, sloughs, cottonwood breaks, and shallow lakes that teem with birds. Steigerwald Lake national Wildlife Refuge occupies former farmland, now gorgeous open space at

Cottonwood Beach–East Dike Trail :: Camas, WA

Follow this nearly flat trail for more than 3 miles along the Columbia River from the old river town of Washougal to the wildlife saturated sloughs of Steigerwald Lake national Wildlife Refuge. Transition from the eastern edge of Clark County’s urban

Kettle Falls to Crawford State Park :: Colville, WA

This 73-mile drive begins on the Columbia River at Kettle Falls and goes east through the Colville National Forest before following the Pend Oreille River north to Crawford State Park (day use only, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) on the Canadian bor

Columbia Gorge Highway :: Vancouver, WA

This drive follows the north shore of the Columbia River through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Columbia River is the aorta of the West Coast, the blood of the lives and businesses that depend on it. During early October, the Co

Deschutes River :: Wishram, WA

The Wild and Scenic Deschutes River is one of Oregon’s grandest waterways and one of the Columbia’s major tributaries. Here at its confluence with the Columbia, at the eastern gateway of the gorge national scenic area, a delightful state park provide

Dry Creek Falls :: Cascade Locks, OR

There is no shortage of fine waterfalls within the Columbia River gorge national Scenic area. Nor is there any shortage of waterfall admirers scouring the trails on any given day. However, at Dry Creek Falls there’s a good chance that you’ll get to s

Bell Creek :: Multnomah Falls, OR

Perhaps the loneliest trail on the Oregon side of the Columbia River gorge national Scenic area, Bell Creek is an excellent choice for quiet contemplation and for admiring a forest several centuries old. Some of the biggest and oldest trees, includin

Viento State Park :: Hood River, OR

Just off the interstate, this tidy campground among the maples and oaks is convenient for both through-travelers and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The separate tent area occupies natural woodland. Possible excursions incl

Surveyor's Ridge :: Hood River, OR

This trail is one of the classic singletrack Oregon rides that has everything an avid cyclist could ever want—creek crossings, rocks, roots, gravel, steep ascents, and a gutwrenching, arm-aching descent. You’ll also have phenomenal views of Mount Hoo

Eagle Creek to High Bridge :: Portland, OR

This trail through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area leads through a deep, scenic canyon carved by bubbling Eagle Creek and shaded by a canopy of oak, big-leaf maple, and cedar. Along the route, hikers are rewarded with views of half a do

Munra Point :: Portland, OR

This hike, one of the most challenging in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, throws just about everything at you at once: dense forest; steep ascents and descents on slippery, often muddy slopes; rock scrambling; steep drop-offs; and stun

Horsetail, Oneonta, and Triple Falls :: Portland, OR

If you love waterfalls, this hike is for you. This route through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area visits four beautiful waterfalls, offers a great view of the narrow chasm of Oneonta Gorge, and snakes through a lush, mossy forest filled

Larch Mountain :: Portland, OR

Deep, mossy green forests, pristine creeks, and cascading waterfalls—the natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is spectacular. Larch Mountain Trail 441 begins as a paved path that winds steeply up a ridge to a high point abo

Beacon Rock State Park Campground :: Camas, WA

Beacon Rock, once known as Castle Rock but renamed by Lewis and Clark in 1805, towers 848 feet above the mighty Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and is second only to the Rock of Gibraltar in size. Several smaller but

Eagle Creek :: Hood River, OR

This trail through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area leads through a deep, scenic canyon carved by bubbling Eagle Creek and shaded by a canopy of oak, bigleaf maple, and cedar. Along the route, hikers are rewarded with views of half a d

Rock of Ages :: Cascade Locks, OR

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of Oregon’s outdoor playgrounds. While there are many hikes, scrambles, and rock climbs, most are well traveled. Rock of Ages is a scramble up a very steep ridge, which will take you away from the

Sherman County Loop :: Maupin, OR

A 110-mile loop through rolling hills of the Oregon wheat country, the Deschutes River Canyon, and into Washington state. Add about twenty miles for the Maupin Loop. The Oregon Trail crosses the drive at several points as it begins in the Columbia Ri

Mount Hood Loop :: Government Camp, OR

A ninety-mile paved signed loop around the southern slopes of Mount Hood and through the Hood River Valley to the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. When the Columbia River Gorge drive is added from Hood River to Troutdale, the total mileage is 130 mi

Mosier, Rowena Dell, Maryhill Loop :: The Dalles, OR

A fifty-mile drive on the eastern portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway and into Washington State. When it was completed in 1922, the historic Columbia River Highway extended from The Dalles to the Pacific Ocean and was considered an enginee

Latourell Falls :: Troutdale, OR

This loop route takes you on a tour of Upper and Lower Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The route travels through a scenic creek canyon filled with colorful wildflowers and wild berries. Additional highlights include

Carson Hot Springs Return Challenge :: Portland, OR

This is the return trip of the Carson Hot Springs Challenge. It is a spectacular ride, following the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, with many delightful and impressive sights along the wa

Bay Center to the Oregon Border :: Bay Center, WA

The journey through Washington ends at the Columbia River, just a few miles inland from its turbulent terminus at the Pacific Ocean. This scenic area is rich in history. Native Americans lived and fished here for thousands of years before European ex

Angels Rest :: Portland, OR

The dramatic rock cliffs of Angels Rest, accessible from a well-maintained trail, tower 1,500 feet above the Columbia River Gorge in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The trail is certain to test your aerobic endurance but includes enoug

Government Mineral Springs Guard Station :: Trout Lake, WA

The cabin has two bedrooms, a kitchen, and living room with a fireplace. The cabin is ideally situated near Trapper Creek Wilderness trailhead and is close to Sno-Parks for winter recreation access. When roads are snow-free, you can reach the cabin b

Pine Ridge Recreation Area Campground :: Ashland, MO

Pine Ridge Recreation is a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of college life at the University of Missouri in Columbia, or the craziness of civil service at the state capital in nearby Jefferson City. It’s located in the Cedar Creek Dis

Pine Ridge Recreation Area :: Fulton, MO

Pine Ridge Recreation Area is a great place to escape the hustle-bustle of college life at the University of Missouri in Columbia, or the craziness of civil service at the state capital in nearby Jefferson City. It’s located in the Cedar Creek Distri

Klickitat River: Icehouse Public Access to Rivermile 5 :: Lyle, OR

Fun rapids and good surfing waves are found on this run. The river is pool drop with some long rock gardens that can be seen from the road. The last 5.5 miles of the run are in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Some of the land is private and

Lewis River—Main Stem :: Woodland, WA

Just a few miles north of Portland, near the town of Woodland, Washington, the Lewis River and the East Fork Lewis River join to form the main stem of the river. Although both forks began their journeys as mountain streams, they are flat tidal stream

Fifteen Mile Creek :: Hood River, OR

This technical singletrack ride is one of the best in the Hood River Valley. Highlights include and exhilarating 5-mile descent, stunning views of Mount Hood, and a tough climb back to your starting point. Trail surface: Singletrack. One of the most