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Columbia Gorge Recreation Passes

Some Gorge hikes require recreation passes. Hikes on U.S. Forest Service lands require a Northwest Forest Pass. Hikes on Washington State Parks lands require a Discover Pass. This handy one-page guide  to Gorge recreation passes explains which pass you need for which trailhead or park, and where to buy the pass.

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Location: Western Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Angels Rest
This hike takes you up to an outstanding 270-degree view.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Augspurger Mountain
A strenuous climb past Dog Mountain up to great views and spring wildflower shows.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Balfour-Klickitat
Riverside hiking year-round, bald eagles in the winter.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Beacon Rock
Enjoy views up and down the Gorge from this volcanic monolith with a steep but safe and historic trail to the top.
Location: Western Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: loop
Bell Creek Loop
This hike takes you up a very lightly used trail through varied forests and creeks toward Larch Mountain.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Benson Plateau Loop
Hike up the Pacific Crest Trail to Benson Plateau through beautiful forests on a well-maintained trail.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Bridal Veil Falls
A short, paved trail down to a beautiful waterfall. Great for families, elderly hikers or a quick hike.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: loop
Burdoin Mountain
This trail crosses into privately owned property and is led by Friends in the Spring and Fall.
Location: Western Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Cape Horn Loop
Last month to hike the entire loop! This is now an official trail that climbs to incredible views and has spectacular delphinium bloom in May.
Location: Western Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: car shuttle
Cape Horn, Upper
This is now an official trail that climbs to incredible views and has spectacular delphinium bloom in May.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Catherine Creek Arch Loop
This south-facing trail takes you to views of a natural rock arch and amazing wildflowers in the spring.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Catherine Creek Labyrinth Out and Back
Hike through beautiful rock structures, oak woodlands and wildflowers galore in the spring.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Catherine Creek Universal Access
Kick of the hiking season with this lovely paved trail overlooking the Columbia. Check out the grasswidows - more and more coming into bloom!
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Columbia Hills
This brief road hike leads to mountain views and wildflowers in the spring, but is a great year-round hike.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Coyote Wall
A steep hike up this geological syncline leads to lovely views of the eastern Gorge.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Dalles Mountain Ranch
Meander through the lovely hillsides of Columbia Hills State Park.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Dancing Rock
This stunning property is owned by Friends' Land Trust and can only be accessed on Friends-led events.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Deschutes River Trail
A rails-to-trails trail along the Deschutes River. Great year-round for hiking or mountain biking.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Dog Creek Falls
Immediately off Hwy 14 is a 25-ft cascading waterfall just east of Dog Mountain. Next time your driving by, pull off and take a look.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Dog Mountain
A popular and tough hike to a 360-degree view from the summit. Abundant wildflowers in May.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Dry Creek Falls (and Herman Creek Pinnacles)
Follow this segment of the Pacific Crest Trail through beautiful Gorge wilderness to a historic falls.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Dry Creek Falls, Herman Creek
A beautiful hike along a well-maintained trail to a waterfall. This hike has great fall color shows.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Eagle Creek to High Bridge
Waterfalls, cliffs and bridges abound on the Eagle Creek trail.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls
For the hot week ahead, cool off along Eagle Creek and iconic Punchbowl Falls.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
This waterfall-rich trail leads to a splendid one-of-a-kind waterfall you can walk behind.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: loop
Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake
This is a great backpacking trail that climbs from Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Eightmile Creek Falls
A beautiful 50-ft waterfall tucked into a small canyon just northwest of Horsethief Butte.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Elowah Falls
A lovely hike to the most beautiful Gorge waterfall you've probably never visited.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Ferry Springs Loop
A difficult hike that takes you up the Deschutes River to great views and spring wildflower opportunities.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Fort Cascades
This is a short stroll through an area rich in pioneer history, just west of Bonneville Dam.This is a short stroll through an area rich in pioneer history, just west of Bonneville Dam.
Location: Western Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge
A great birding and wildlife viewing area close to Vancouver and Portland, accessible for an easy walk through a unique eco-system.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Gillette Lake
Take a stroll through forest, clear-cut, and re-inhabited landslide to a brightly colored lake overlooking Hamilton and Greenleaf Mountains.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Gorton Creek Falls
A great hike for families leading up to several lovely waterfalls.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Green Leaf Overlook
A great year-round hike with lakes, streams and spectacular views.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Green Point Ridge
A great endurance climb up to alpine lakes and scenic views.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: loop
Hamilton Mountain Loop
This challenging trail has it all: waterfalls, craggy cliffs, deep forests, superb vistas, and a nice loop option.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Hardy Falls & Rodney Falls (Pool of Winds)
A lovely family-friendly hike with three superb waterfalls, including the Pool of the Winds.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: loop
Hardy Ridge Loop
This loop hike at Beacon Rock State Park will treat you to solitude, delightful views, and a great wildflower display in June.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Herman Creek trailhead to Casey Creek
Hike up a beautiful section of the Pacific Crest Trail past quiet creeks and superb views.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Herman Creek Trailhead to Mud Lake
This long-distance hike takes you to several streams, waterfalls and an alpine lake.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Hole-in-the-Wall Falls
This hike begins at the Starvation Creek Trailhead and is a great short hike to several waterfalls.
Location: Western Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: loop
Horsetail Falls Loop
This classic loop takes you past three breathtaking waterfalls (one which you get to walk behind!) with an option of a forth. Stunning views, one-of-a-kind Oneonta Gorge, and lush green forests make this a hike not to be missed!
Location: Western Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Horsetail, Ponytail & Triple Falls
Three waterfalls, one unique slot canyon, and epic views are all packed into this quintessential western Gorge hike.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Horsethief Butte
This is an easy hike around the perimeter of Horsethief Butte with great Columbia River views.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Horsethief Lake Petroglyphs
A veritable outdoor museum exposing hikers to Native American petroglyphs and rare geologic history.
Location: Mid-Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: loop
Indian Point Loop
This trail is well-graded and maintained, with several terrific viewpoints. This is a good winter hike because of low elevation, but watch for blow-downs and washouts across the trail.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: car shuttle
Klickitat Trail - Fisher Hill to Klickitat
A section of the Klickitat Trail that starts at the narrow canyon on the Klickitat River and heads up to the town of Klickitat, WA.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: out and back
Klickitat Trail - Fisher Hill to Pitt
A section of the Klickitat Trail that starts at the narrow canyon on the Klickitat River and heads up to the town of Pitt, WA.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Year-Round
Hike Type: car shuttle
Klickitat Trail - Lyle to Fisher Hill
One of the segments of the Klickitat Trail, leading from the town of Lyle to the historic Fisher Hill Bridge.
Location: Eastern Gorge
Season: Seasonal
Hike Type: out and back
Klickitat Trail - Swale Canyon
A section of the Klickitat Trail that breaks away from the Klickitat River and follows Swale Creek through breathtaking Swale Canyon.
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