by Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Pleasant, short. Nice overlook of the Dalles. Try to stop at the Visitor's Center first and see the orientation movie to appreciate the geology.
An amazing area to experience, this trip was well worth the time spent to get out there. Everything from dramatically high cliffs to lowland forest and sandbars streching almost across the river can be found here, not to mention the randomly placed glacial potholes dotting the landscape. I didn't finish the whole hike described here as I got sidetracked into other activities along the way and ran out of time! If you are planning a trip out here I would definately suggest staying the weekend at one of the campgrounds (both the WI and MN sides have one) then you could spend a day hiking and taking in the sights, and another canoeing/kayaking (very popular in the area), cliff diving, swimming or even climbing the sheer rock cliffs (there were a lot of people doing that when I was there.) Getting back on topic the trails themselves are very well kept for the most part, gravel-lined even. Some areas on top of the cliffs are not really fenced off though (from the sheer cliff) so if you are bringing children you will want to be aware of that. Overall it was a great time, and even once the hike is done there are a ton of outdoor recreational activities available to round out a trip.
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