Entries from 'Parks'

Horsethief Butte

About the Park Horsthief Butte is a 500 foot high basalt cliffside that makes a giant Butte adjacent to the Columbia River.  The butte is often windy and a great spot for breathtaking views of the Dalles region of the Columbia River Gorge.    The Butte has Petroglyphs that are located trailside and this area around…

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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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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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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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Wormald State Park

Wormald State Park is located in Washington State near Yocult.  This area is in the mountains 40 miles above the Columbia Gorge.  it is popular for camping and short hikes.  it is a very mountainous area near the park and the area is located o some of Washington’s scenic backroads.  The trails in the park…

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Saint Cloud Wayside

Developed int he early 90s, the  Saint Cloud Wayside is a great stop when traveling along the Columbia Gorge Washington side highway.   This Scenic area has an amazing view of Oneonta Bluffs and looks across at Multnomah Falls.  The area is a large wetland near Franz Lake Wildlife Refuge and has a large field with…

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Reed Island State Park

About Reed Island Reed Island State Park is a marine park located at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge near Camas,  Washington.  This 500-acre-plus park offers boating, camping, short hiking/walking, fishing, wildlife viewing-mostly birds, and picnic tables.  This park is only accessible by boat so if you plan to visit Reed Island you will…

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Franz Lake Wildlife Refuge

Nestled in old growth forest with firs, cedars and pine, this wildlife habitat is host to many songbirds, Ducks waterfowl, tree frogs, and marsh.  this area is in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area and just off Rt 14 in southwest Washington.  Canada geese, swans, heron and many other birds are found here.  Fishing is…

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Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock is a large cliff that is located along the shores of the Columbia River 30 minutes from Washougal Washington on highway 14.  The large stone monolith is one of the best features in the Columbia River Gorge to visit.  A one mile climb lets you scale the stone fortress via old ladders and…

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