Where to Hike in the Gorge

Cape Horn, WA One of the Gorge’s newest trails, this eight-mile loop winds through a pleasant forest of coniferous and deciduous trees – a natural buffer from the rainfall! The trail emerges to numerous viewpoints, including one of the best views in all the Gorge from the Nancy Russell Overlook. Looking east with the fog below you is a mysterious yet ethereal experience. Try it for yourself on this strenuous hike. You’ll cross a wooden bridge in front of tumbling Cape Horn Falls and walk on the bluffs high above the Columbia River. From July 16 to January 31 you can hike the full loop trail. The lower section of the trail is closed the rest of the year (February 1 – July 15) for peregrine falcon nesting. Strenuous: 8.3 mile loop, 1,500-ft. elev. gain

mountainEagle Creek, OR Water, water everywhere! You’re practically walking in a waterfall as rain drips off the rock walls lining the trail (a great opportunity to test out your rain gear!). Choose the distance that best suits you on this out-and-back hike passing by waterfalls nearly every mile. Enjoy views of yearround waterfalls and ones that only appear with the rain. This gently-sloping trail travels 13 miles into Eagle Creek canyon ending at Wahtum Lake. Two of our favorite hikes are:
• Eagle Creek to High Bridge – Moderate, 6.4 miles outand-back, 840-ft. elev. gain
• Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls – Moderate, 12 miles outand-back, 1,640-ft. elev. gain

DryCreekFallsDry Creek Falls, OR This beautiful waterfall hike is often overlooked since it’s not on the Historic Columbia River Highway. You’ll begin the hike in Cascade Locks, following the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail has good drainage and adequate tree coverage to keep your head and feet dry(er). Continue on the trail to Dry Creek Falls which plunges from a basalt, amphitheater-like wall. Extend your hike to include a visit to the Herman Creek Pinnacles (additional 3.2 miles round-trip). Afterwards, dry off with a bite and a beer at Thunder Island Brewery in Cascade Locks before heading home. Easy: 4.4 miles out-and-back, 700-ft. elev. gain

KlickitatTrailKlickitat Trail, WA Here’s a different spin on a rainy day hike: go to the eastern Gorge where it rarely rains! This flat, former railroad bed follows the Wild & Scenic Klickitat River and provides a slice of solitude. Enjoy watching the river flow through narrow canyons and rough rapids in a shrub-steppe landscape. Choose the length you’re comfortable with for a pleasant out-and-back adventure. It’s a quiet, remote setting for leaving your worries behind. Grab a warm drink and hearty meal afterwards at The Lyle Hotel & Restaurant (note: open Wed. – Sun., 4 – 9 p.m.). Moderate: Up to 13 miles one-way from the towns of Lyle to Klickitat, gentle grade.

MosierTwinTunnelsMosier Twin Tunnels, OR Keep your feet dry while walking this portion of the paved Historic Columbia River Highway State trail which links the towns of Hood River and Mosier. If you choose to start in Mosier you’ll begin the walk by traveling through the Mosier Twin Tunnels. Appreciate the foresight of the conservationists who removed the 45-year-old rock pile to open up the tunnels for all of us to enjoy. As you continue on the path, soak up the expansive views of the Columbia River. Note: when not raining this makes for a great bike ride. Moderate: 14 miles out-and-back, 300-ft. elev. gain

Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls, OR Many people stay indoors on rainy days which is all the more reason to hit the trails…you’ll have them to yourself! Enjoy one of the most popular loop hikes in the Gorge on a quiet rainy day. This hike passes by seven waterfalls in just five short miles and the trail is fairly pmultnomahFallsrotected under the tree canopy. Afterwards dry off at Multnomah Falls Lodge for lunch with a view of tumbling 620-ft. Multnomah Falls. Moderate: 4.8 miles loop, 1,540-ft. elev. gain

All mileage is roundtrip
Trailhead directions, map, and detailed hiking descriptions can be found at www.gorgefriends.org/trails

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