The Columbia River Gorge area is a veritable hiking heaven, with incredibly scenic, easy to challenging trail opportunities around nearly every corner. The riotous colors of wildflowers in spring and changing leaves in fall are highlights to the beautifully expansive vistas and hidden shangri-las that draw hikers year-round from around the world.
The Washington side of the Gorge offers many of the best hikes, best views, and best scenery. So lace up your boots, put on your day pack, or just bring a picnic lunch and come explore hiking on the Washington “sunny side” of the Gorge.
Check out some of our favorite Columbia Gorge area hikes below. Or you can PLAN YOUR OWN HIKE or review a number of TRAILS in 3-D on Google Earth, courtesy of Friends of the Gorge!
The Columbia Gorge area has it all!
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Dog Mountain Trail
With a trailhead conveniently located on Hwy 14 in the Columbia River Gorge, Dog Mountain is a destination for wildflowers and breathtaking views of the Gorge, Mt. Adams, Mount Hood and Mount St. Hele... Read more
Mt Adams Lava Beds
The Big Lava Bed is a volcanic feature, but not a classic volcanic cone. Rather, it is a 20-square-mile basalt flow that oozed out of fissures and cracks some 9000 years ago from a source vent in the ... Read more
Weldon Wagon Trail
A lovely, off the beaten track, hike above Indian Creek through Oregon white oak woodlands with open ridgetop meadows, wildflowers, and views of the White Salmon Valley all the way to Mt Hood. This hi... Read more
Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike
This relatively short hike through a preserve owned by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge offers spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge, amazing spring wildflowers, a gnarled old oak forest, and... Read more
Art On Wheels Carshow, Concert, Picnic
Join us for the annual Car Show/Picnic/Concert in White Salmon's Rheingarten Park hosted by Community Partners and lead-sponsored by Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce and Rapid Ready-Mix.
The car show ... Read more
Guler Ice Cave and Natural Bridges
A warren of partially collapsed lava tubes a few miles west of Trout Lake on SR141 used to be a local source for ice during the summer and fall, but are now an interesting tourist attraction with its ... Read more
Bird Creek Meadows Loop
The Bird Creek Meadows hike is mostly a moderate stroll along a steady incline from the banks of Bird Lake up through meadows, crossing streams, viewing waterfalls, and listening to dozens of birds to... Read more
Beacon Rock has been an important landmark since before Lewis and Clark put it on their maps. Now part of a WA State Park it offers both camping and hiking opportunities in the beautiful Columbia Rive... Read more
Catherine Creek Trail and Natural Arch
The Catherine Creek trail area is open year round, showcasing a stunning variety of 90 species of wildflowers and many stunningly scenic views of the Gorge. Three trail options allow hikers to choo... Read more
Klickitat Rails to Trail
Take a hike or trail bike ride beside the Klickitat River following 31 "rails to trails" miles of an old railroad corridor linking the towns of Lyle and Goldendale. The Klickitat Trail offers spectacu... Read more
And check out these resources for an almost unlimited selection of hikes in the Gorge area
Washington Trails Association Friends of the Columbia Gorge Northwest Hiker
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Gorge Kids Curious Gorge
Skamania.com City of Stevenson Portland Hikers LocalHikes.com