Three Short Hikes Near the Columbia River Gorge We Are Lovin’ This Summer

MITCHELL POINT

If you're looking for a short hike to get one of the best views of the Gorge, we highly recommend you check out Mitchell Point. This 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail is located directly off HWY 84 - exit 58. Though shorter in terms of milage, there is a 944-foot elevation gain so be prepared for the leg burn! We promise the hill climb will be worth it though - the views are spectacular and we highly recommend going at sunrise or sunset for the full effect. 

DISTANCE: 1.7 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 944 ft.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
DISTANCE FROM HOOD RIVER: 4.2 miles
DOGS: On Leash

 

FALLS CREEK FALLS

We encourage you to venture out to the Washington side of the Gorge and explore Falls Creek Falls. The lower trail is 3 miles out & back with a stunning waterfall that some claim rivals Multnomah Falls. This beauty has three tiers with cold pools at each layer. 

DISTANCE: 3 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 659 ft.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
DISTANCE FROM HOOD RIVER: 36.4 miles
DOGS: On Leash

TAMAWANAS FALLS TRAIL

Tamawanas is a must-see, especially if you are headed to Mt. Hood. This out & back trail has it all - a winding river with wooden bridge crossings, a boulder field from a landslide years back, and of course the stunning Tamawanas Falls nestled in its own cave-like canyon. If you don't mind getting wet, be sure to do the scramble behind the waterfall!

DISTANCE: 3.3 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 597 ft.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
DISTANCE FROM HOOD RIVER: 24.9 miles
DOGS: On Leash
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