Rock of Ages Trail is a hiking trail in Multnomah County, Oregon. It is within Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 3,019 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,337 feet. The trail ends near the Ponytail Falls and Horsetail Falls waterfalls.
Rock of Ages Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A steep, primitive scramble up Rock of Ages Ridge, with abundant views of cli s and basalt formations."
--Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch, Hiking The Columbia River Gorge (Falcon Guides).
"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 crowded gorge mainstream and into the backcountry. This route travels through areas where early gorge hikers and even climbers traveled when the area was developing as a recreation spot in the mid-twentieth century. This scramble is quite steep in spots, which adds to the challenge as you ascend to the plateau. Enjoy the old-growth trees along the upper plateau before you reach the trail junction. Special considerations: Not recommended when rainy or snowy. No footbridge over Oneonta Creek; the creek may be very difficult to ford after heavy rain or during spring snowmelt."
--Barbara I. Bond, 75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books).
"An unmaintained trail up an excruciatingly steep ridge, Rock of ages is one of the most challenging and exhilarating hikes in the gorge. The trail gains over 2000 feet in less than 2 miles, requiring strong quads, steady feet, and occasionally a good grip. The features here sound like they're straight out of a Dan Brown novel—you’ll scramble along a ridge high above Saint Peters Dome before gingerly ascending the Devils Backbone. While your heart pounds, enjoy the views of the Columbia usually reserved for swifts."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books).
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