Entries from 'Hiking'

Horsethief Butte Hike

Hike Overview The hike around Horsethief Butte is one of the most incredible, awe inspiring, historically significant and satisfying in the Columbia Gorge.  If you were to take away the fact that more Indian petroglyphs  are located here than anyplace else in the Pacific Northwest, take away the rock mazes you can explore and wander…

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Mitchell Point Hike

Hike Overview This trail is rugged, steep, and makes 1300 feet in elevation gain before reaching the summit of Mitchell Point overlooking the Columbia River.  The trail starts in Wygant State park a few miles west of Hood River.  This area is located 50 miles east of Portland and provides a subtle mix of desert…

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Wygant State Park

Park Overview Wygant State Park is  a designated Natural area in the state of Oregon 6 miles west of Hood River.  This natural area was named after the Wygant family and is a popular spot to begin the Mitchell Point Hike that offers one of the best vistas in the Columbia River Gorge.  This area…

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Government Cove Ridge Hike

Hike Overview The hike above Government Cove just off Wyeth Road near Cascade Locks is an easy stroll on old logging roads that traverses through deep forested groves.  The pine and leafy tree mix makes great shade in summer and bountiful colors in fall.  This hike is only  two miles out and two back but…

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Cascade Locks Short Hike

Overview The Cascade Locks Short Hike is geared towards walkers looking for a very short and easy 1 to 3 mile hike with options for dogs, children or elderly folks looking for an easy walk along the Columbia River with great views, shade and small vistas.    This short walk stats at the Bridge of the…

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Mcgloughlin State Park

Overview Perhaps one of the smallest, least developed, and least signed parks in Oregon, Mcgloughlin State Park and natural area  is beautiful but limited.   The park had some trails that were wiped out in a flood of the Columbia River in the 90s.  Today the park offers some minor day hiking and an amazing section…

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Wahkeena Falls Hike

Often times in spring the green of the leaves and water gives a feel of being in the tropics.  The lush colors here are supplemented by mists and fogs that pass through the Gorge quicker than the traffic on I-84.  Often trains rumble past the wayside but they too turn to distant echoes the farther…

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Starvation Creek Road Hike

Conveniently located off exit 54 in the Starvation Creek natural area. This rest-stop/natural area has many hidden gems that would not normally be apparent for a hike located adjacent to I-84 int he Columbia River Gorge.  The trail is easy and provides views of four waterfalls: Starvation Creek Falls, Warren Creek Falls,  Cabin Creek falls,…

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Rooster Rock State Park Hike

Although only a 2.4 mile hike, the main trail through Rooster Rock State Park offers a pleasant walk along the grassy, upper bank of the Columbia River near the mouth of the Gorge.    It is important to note that this trail walks  near the nude beach in the park so it may not be an…

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Frenches Dome Hike and Climbing

Frenches Dome is located Mt Hood and is a popular rock climbing area for Portlanders as well as a very short hike–actually its more of a .5 mile hike around the rock.  even though the hike here is limited it is worth checking out this fantastic geologic feature.  Frenches Dome is the remnants of an…

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