Waterfall Hikes (Year-Round)
The Columbia River Gorge has the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America, and within Hood River you will find many trails leading to them.
- Wahclella Falls, located off Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is a 350-foot waterfall accessible via a 2.0-mile out-and-back hike. With just 200 feet of elevation gain, it’s a great trail for hikers of all ages. There are some steep drop-offs near the beginning of the trail, so if hiking with kids, keep a close eye on them. GO >
- Dry Creek Falls, accessed via a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is anything but dry. This horsetail-shaped falls was once the water source for nearby Cascade Locks. Starting at the Bridget of the Gods Trailhead, this 8.6-mile round-trip hike has about 750 feet of elevation gain. GO >
- Tamanawas Falls, located off Oregon Highway 35 in the Mt Hood National Forest is accessed via a popular 3.5-mile loop trail. Hike on foot during the summer or snowshoe in the winter to 100-foot falls that you can walk behind. GO >
Due to the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017, the Historic Columbia River Highway, including Wahclella and Dry Creek Falls, and the trails along it are closed from Larch Mountain to Hood River. View a list of nearby hikes to try.
- Hiking in the Hood River Ranger District Every trail you’d ever hope to find in the Mt. Hood National Forest Hood River Ranger District is on this website by the USFS. It also houses a handy map of trail locations, so you can better utilize your basecamp location. Enjoy!
- Friends of the Columbia Gorge Use this site to search over 100 wonderful Gorge hikes. You can search by distance, elevation gain, trail features, and overall difficulty. The Friends of the Gorge also offer hiking guide services and other useful information about hiking in the area.
- Backpacking in the Hood River Ranger District The Mt. Hood National Forest, Hood River Ranger District website has the most extensive list of area trails for backpackers. (Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the backpacking areas.)
- The Pacific Crest Trail Association Check here to find out about closures on the Pacific Crest Trail, or call 1-888-PCTRAIL (728-7245).
- Hiking Loops Near Multnomah Falls Download this hiking map for trails around Multnomah Falls off of the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway 30.
- Interactive Hiking Guide Find hikes around the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Due to the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017, the Historic Columbia River Highway and the trails along it are closed from Larch Mountain to Hood River. View a list of nearby hikes to try.
While most recreation sites and trails that were affected by Eagle Creek Fire remain closed, there are still plentiful recreation opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge. Visit Friends of the Gorge for a comprehensive list of open hikes.