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The Columbia River flows from the inland northwest to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way it cuts a deep gorge through the Cascade Mountains. A number of waterfalls tumble into the river as it passes through the deepest part of the gorge. You may want to avoid visiting some of the more popular areas on weekends in the middle of the summer. But, if you're willing to hike even a hundred yards on some trails, the crowds may thin-out considerably.
More Locations

More Locations

October 01, 2014

There are dozens of interesting locations throughout the Columbia Gorge - too numerous to list!

Hamilton Mountain

Hamilton Mountain

January 26, 2014

Hamilton Mountain is essentially one of the points along the northern canyon wall of the Columbia River Gorge. A trail system leads to many points in the area as part of Beacon Rock State Park.

Tom McCall Point

Tom McCall Point

February 28, 2010

Tom McCall Point is a hill rising above Rowena Crest along the Columbia River Scenic Highway, about 6 miles east of Moiser, OR.

Catherine Creek

Catherine Creek

February 24, 2010

Catherine Creek is a few miles east of Bingen, WA - in the eastern part of the Columbia River Gorge. The area sometimes called Coyote Wall and The Labyrinth is about a mile west of the Catherine Creek trailhead area.
The area is open to mountain bikes, so expect to see them. The area is most dramatic in...

Horsetail-Oneonta Area

Horsetail-Oneonta Area

April 29, 2010

A number of trails cross through the area around Oneonta Creek. Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Oneonta Falls and Triple Falls are some of the better known waterfalls in this area.

The Dalles Mountain Ranch

The Dalles Mountain Ranch

February 26, 2010

The Dalles Mountain Ranch is along a road just a bit west of the turn-off to Horsethief Lake State Park (turn north on Dalles Mtn Road). To get to the hills above the ranch house, turn on the unmarked road just before the house.
Just prepare for the weather. Some of the roads in the area can get a bit...

Hood River

Hood River

February 27, 2010

Hood River is about 60 miles east of Portland, OR. The orchards are about 10 miles south of town along the Hood River. The orchards are best photographed in the early sunny mornings, when the sun lights up the north and east side of Mt. Hood. (Though cloudy days bring their own photographic...

Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek

February 27, 2010

The trailhead for Eagle Creek is just off I-84 in Oregon, a few miles west of Cascade Locks. You'll need a NW Forest Pass to park at the trailhead. This is a very popular trail, so it might be more enjoyable if you get there early. Also, be advised there have been a number of car break-ins at the...

Elowah Falls

Elowah Falls

April 29, 2010

Elowah Falls is a tall dramatic waterfall in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. the falls is reached by a short hike. Adjacent Upper McCord Creek Falls is slightly upstream from Elowah Falls, which means it requires a bit of a climb to get up above Elowah Falls.

Wahclella Falls

Wahclella Falls

May 10, 2011

Wahclella Falls is a short but powerful drop of Tanner Creek, just west of Eagle Creek. The hike to Wahclella Falls is short and rewarding, as the mile long trail follows a deep chasm up a steep lush gorge. 

Ruckel Creek

Ruckel Creek

February 06, 2011

Ruckel Creek is a small creek in the drainage just to the west of Eagle Creek. The Ruckel Creek trail mostly stays high above the creek, steeply climbing through forests and along mossy, rocky overlooks. After the trail climbs to the Benson Plateau, it connects to other trails in the Columbia Gorge complex.

Multnomah

Multnomah

February 28, 2010

Multnomah Falls is about 30 miles east of Portland OR, along I-84. You can't miss it. Wahkeena Falls is more difficult to see from the highway... about 3/4 mile west of Multnomah Falls. There is a large parking area near Multnomah Falls, a smaller area is near Wahkeena Falls. There's a really nice lodge...

Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain

April 29, 2010

Table Moutain

Table Moutain

May 15, 2010

Table Mountain is a dramatic escarpment rising 3500ft or so above the Columbia River. Some say the top has the best view in the gorge!

Columbia Hills

Columbia Hills

February 27, 2010

Columbia Hills State Park is located a few miles east of the Dalles bridge, on the Washington side of the Columbia River gorge.

Stonehenge Memorial

Stonehenge Memorial

February 28, 2010

The Stonehenge memorial is located just east of the intersection of Hwys 14 and 97, on the northern (Washington) side of the Columbia River.

Larch Mountain

Larch Mountain

February 28, 2010

Larch Mountain is located in the south part of the Columbia River Gorge. The main trailhead can be reached by paved Larch Mountain Road, which starts near Corbett, OR. Alternately, the nearest trailheads along the Columbia River are at Multnomah Falls, and Oneanta Gorge / Horsetail Falls. You'll need a...

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock

April 17, 2005

Beacon Rock is located along hwy14, about 8 miles west of Stevenson, WA.
There is an admission/parking fee of $5/day to use the park. Annual passes are $20 I think. As this is a state partk, the parking here is not covered with the NW Forest Pass.

Starvation Creek

Starvation Creek

January 09, 2005

The Starvation Creek trailhead is located at exit 54 (eastbound only) along I-84 in Oregon. For reference, Dog Mountain is located just across the Columbia River, to the north.
This part of the Columbia Gorge isn't as heavily visited as the more well-known attractions further west, but the trailhead...

Herman Creek

Herman Creek

April 29, 2010

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