Hikes / Trails

Hikes in the Columbia Gorge

For More Information on local hikes, call the Hood River Ranger District at (541) 352-6002, or check out this excellent list of day hikes in the Mt. Hood National Forest, including the Barlow, Clackamas, Hood River, and Zigzag Ranger Districts. Have a hike to add? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

  • Mosier Twin Tunnels
    It's a fun 5-mile paved hike that is open year round. It's very family friendly with panoramic views of the Gorge. Hikers & bikers are welcome!

    To find the Hood River trailhead, take Hood River exit 64 off of I-84 to Highway 35 south, then go east on a drivable section of the Historic Columbia River Highway (near the China Gorge Restaurant) for about one mile to the Twin Tunnels Visitors Center and the Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead West. To find the east Mosier entrance, take I-84 to exit 69. Follow the signs to Highway 30 and Mosier. Go north on Rock Creek Road about a half-mile to the Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead East. Access to the trails is free. A $3 Oregon State Parks day-use permit is required to park at either trailhead.
  • Cooper Spur
    Great family hiking is available from the Cloud Cap Area from Cooper Spur. Trails 600, 600A and 600B are all beautiful trails in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Find great views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, the Elliot Glacier and more. From Highway 35 and take Road 3510 towards Cooper Spur Ski Area. Take the Switchback Road up to Cloudcap to find the trailheads.
  • Horsetail Falls and Oneonta Gorge
    This is a great family hike with young children. It's a 2.7 mile loop with about 400 feet elevation gain.
    The trial takes you to a cavern behind Ponytail Falls. To get there take I-84 east of Portland to Ainsworth Park exit 35, turn right and follow the old scenic highway 1.5 miles back to Horsetail Falls Trailhead parking area. The trail starts beside 176-foot Horsetail Falls.
  • Horsethief State Park Trail
    April 1- October 1 8am to dusk
    on Hwy 14, WA. PHONE: 509-767-1159
    Access to the petroglyphs trail is available ONLY through a guided tour which MUST be made well in advance. Tours on Friday 10am For educational groups and Saturday 10am for general public. Recreation includes fishing, hiking, windsurfing, rock climbing, swimming and picnicking.
  • Beacon Rock State Park & Rodney Falls
    Beacon Rock is located on the Washington side of the river, just west of North Bonneville on Washington Hwy. 14. Parking is available on the south side of the Highway. The trail leads up the western side of Beacon rock, following a series of ramps.

    This trail offers spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge looking west and east. The trail to Rodney Falls is located off Highway 14 opposite Beacon Rock...drive 0.3 mile up a paved road toward the campground, and then veer to the right into a trailhead parking lot. The trail takes you through second-growth Douglas fir, red thimble berries, blue Oregon grape, and bracken fern.
  • Tanner Creek Falls Trail
    Drive west on I-84 to the Bonneville Dam Exit. Turn left, go under the freeway and drive about 75 feet to the parking area. Walk along the road that parallels the east side of Tanner Creek. Continue for about 1 mile up the trail to Tanner Creek Falls.
  • Eagle Creek Trail
    Drive west on 1-84 to the Eagle Creek Park Exit #41, turn left and follow the signs to Eagle Creek Trail. This popular family hike has a moderate grade for 2.1 miles to the popular Punch Bowl area.
  • Tamanawas Falls Trail
    Drive south on Highway 35 to the trailhead just north of Sherwood Campground. Cross bridge over the east fork of the Hood River to trailhead, also the start of the 'East Fork' trail. Tamanawas Falls trail follows a stream and is shaded by Douglas Fir, Cedar and a variety of deciduous trees & shrubs. Loop hike also possible connecting with Pollalie Creek trail.
  • Lost Lake area Trails
    There are several trails worth exploring in the Lost Lake area, accessible from County Road 13 off of the Dee Highway. The Lakeshore trail is an easy 3.2 mile hike around Lost Lake with spectacular views and picnic areas. Other trails include a 1 mile walk through an Old Growth Forest and a 2 mile hike to the top of Lost Lake Butte, also with spectacular views.