Hiking Trails

Nature enthusiasts flock to the Columbia River Gorge for hiking, immersing themselves in the serene wilderness. Whether you're an experienced hiker or prefer a leisurely stroll, the Gorge has something to offer. Plan your route strategically to include visits to the stunning waterfalls along the way.


  • Dog Mountain Trail: This is a challenging hike that rewards you with panoramic views of the Gorge and the mountains. It is 6.5 miles long and has an elevation gain of 2,788 feet. It is best done from March to November. 
  • Lower Falls Creek Trail: This is a moderate hike that takes you to a stunning waterfall. It is 3.2 miles long and has an elevation gain of 849 feet. It is accessible year-round. 
  • Wind Mountain Trail: This is a moderate hike that offers a great perspective of Dog Mountain and the Columbia River. It is 2.4 miles long and has an elevation gain of 1,171 feet. It is best done from April to October. 
  • Panther Creek Falls Trail: This is an easy hike that leads you to a unique and spectacular waterfall. It is 0.3 miles long and has an elevation gain of 32 feet. It is accessible year-round.
  • Wyeth Trail: 7.3-mile one-way trail that starts from Wyeth Campground on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge and climbs up to North Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest. It passes through old-growth forests, fire scars, and scenic overlooks. It is a challenging hike with an elevation gain of 4,000 feet and connects with several other trails in the area. It is open year-round, but may be snowy in winter.
  • Cape Horn Loop Trail:   7.1-mile loop that offers amazing views. You will see bright flowers among towering trees along your hike. You can pick the level of challenge you want from the signs or go all the way to the Nancy Russell Overlook for a spectacular sight of the Columbia River. There, you can relax on the rock walls and admire the scenery.
    Cascade Locks easyCLIMB Trail: Check out this 2.9-mile loop trail near Cascade Locks, Oregon. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 hr. to complete. This trail is great for fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.
  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Wyeth - Starvation Creek: Generally considered a moderately challenging route, this 8.9 miles out-and-back trail takes an average of 3 h 10 min to complete. This is a very popular area for camping, road biking, and running.

Keep current with the latest trail openings and temporary closures in the Columbia River Gorge. For a full list of trail status, click here.