Rooster Rock State Park Hike

the Rooster rock hike

Winter on the trail.

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 appropriate walk for everyone.  This is a great, short, day hike that is appropriate for dogs.  The easy nature of the hike and smooth-going trail offers lots of opportunities for your pet who probably has no problem with the nude beach here.

About the Rooster Rock Hike

The hike starts in the parking area that is located just off exit 25 on I-84 roughly 15 minutes drive form Portland.  Start at the east side of the east lot and walk east near the bank of the river.  The trail will travel a little over a mile and turn you back on a elevated grassy hill and walk back in wooded bliss along an easy trail near I-84.  The trail gains very little elevation.    You will return walking west back to your car near I-84 so be mindful that if you are looking for an extreme wilderness experience, this is not it.  If you are looking for similarly easy walks/short hiking, nearby Multnomah Falls has some great, short ones with nice views of the falls.

Finding the Trail

Simply take exit 25 off I-84 and follow signs for Rooster Rock State park. use the east lot and the trail starts at the east lot.  Good signage marks the trails start.

Use the little man in the upper corner of our map to view the hike start.

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