Dublin Lake and Tanner Butte

Cascade Locks, Oregon

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cascade Locks
Distance: 22.4
Elevation Gain: 4,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: June
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Local Maps: Green Trails: Bonneville Dam

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