Dublin Lake and Tanner Butte

Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014

Dublin Lake and Tanner Butte

Dublin Lake and Tanner Butte Professional Review and Guide

"The bulky mass of Tanner Butte, with its gouged-out eastern face, is a wellknown landmark in the central Columbia River Gorge. Given its prominence, it is not surprising that the summit features stupendous views of distant, snow-covered peaks, as well as the surrounding deep canyons, rugged ridges, and dense forests. But the hike to Tanner Butte offers much more than a nice view at the end. The forests here are varied, beautiful, and interesting. The open ridge north of Tanner Butte has outstanding wildflower displays in June. The trail is surprisingly uncrowded. And near the mountain are fine camps, either beside a small spring or, for those up for a bit of off-trail scrambling, at a very scenic little lake directly beneath Tanner Butte’s cliffs and talus slopes. For hikers who prefer an easier destination, forest-rimmed Dublin Lake is a good goal."

More Dublin Lake and Tanner Butte Professional Reviews and Guides

"This long forested hike, up a closed road and steep trail to a small so-so lake, has no wow factor—except as in, “Wow that wasn’t an easy journey!” Then why go? you’ll get a good workout, certainly, and pretty old-growth forest along the ridge. It’s also an excellent choice for a rainy or cloudy day. You’ll probably have plenty of solitude here, which is a real commodity in this part of the gorge. And you’ll get to watch frolicking newts and fishing osprey too."

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Trail Information

Cascade Locks
Nearby City
4,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Bonneville Dam
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