Histories & Mysteries Challenge

The Columbia Gorge has been home to forests, wildlife, and changing communities for thousands of years. Our Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge invites you to take a closer look. You’ll learn about geologic and historic features hidden in Gorge landscapes. Between March 15 and October 31, try to find all 20 features listed below. Come with us on a guided hike or explore on your own. Friends members will receive a prize upon completing the challenge.


How to Participate

  • Register for the challenge.
  • Hike on your own and/or with us on one or more guided hikes between March 15 and October 31.
  • Find all 20 items on the Histories & Mysteries Challenge Log.
  • When you are finished, submit your Challenge Log by one of three methods:

Histories and Mysteries Challenge List

Feature Suggested Location(s) Curious Gorge book page(s)
Beacon Rock History Beacon Rock, WA 54-55
Bridge of the Gods Legend and Bonneville Slide Hamilton Mountain, WA
Table Mountain, WA
Cape Horn Sheds Cape Horn Trail, WA 50-51
Celilo Falls Fishing Village Celilo Park, OR N/A
Eagle Creek and the CCC Eagle Creek Trail, OR 42-43
Fishwheels of the Gorge Bonneville Dam Visitor Center, WA
The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, WA
Flood Basalts Elowah Falls, OR
Latourell Falls, OR
Rowena Crest, OR looking at Lyle Cherry Orchard
Flumes of the Gorge Elowah Falls, OR
Mitchell Point, OR
Historic Columbia River Highway Mitchell Point, OR
Mosier Twin Tunnels, OR
Waterfall Alley, OR
Hole-In-the-Wall Falls Starvation Creek State Park, OR 80-81
Ice Age Floods Traces East Hatfield Trailhead, OR
Rowena Crest , OR
Koberg Beach Koberg Beach State Park, OR N/A
Lewis and Clark Expedition Beacon Rock, OR
Cape Horn Trail, WA
Dalton Pt, OR
Lyle Convict Road Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA 218-221
Memaloose Island Memaloose Overlook, OR N/A
Native American Petrogylphs Fort Cascades Historic Trail, WA
Columbia Hills State Park, WA
Oregon Trail Wagon ruts east of The Dalles, OR 201
Pillars of Hercules Bridal Veil State Park, OR 22
Syncline and Anticline Mosier Plateau, OR 184
Waterfall Special Effect Latourell Falls, OR 20-21

Histories & Mysteries Challenge Log (Print it to track points)

How the Challenge Works

Histories & Mysteries offers 20 challenges to go visit and learn about. We have made recommendations about where to go exploring because they are on official trails and viewpoints. You are not limited to our suggested sites but you must stay on official trails, park in official parking lots, and not disrupt any of the sensitive cultural or natural resources. Indicate where you went under “location” on your hike challenge log.

Resources to Guide Your Way

The following will provide you with information needed to complete this challenge (history, pictures, and where to go to view the challenges).

Finisher Prize & Raffle Drawing

Skamania Lodge logo

Friends members who find all 20 items on the list will receive a 2-for-1 gift certificate for either the Saturday Evening Harvest Buffet or Sunday Brunch at Skamania Lodge. Finishers will also be entered into a raffle drawing for the grand prize of a complimentary stay at Skamania Lodge. Prizes will be awarded in November. Remember, you must be a Friends of the Columbia Gorge member in order to receive prizes. Join today.

Join us on a Guided Outing

The outings below feature one (or more) of the items listed in the challenge. The item is indicated in parentheses. Register for an outing.

Date Outing
Saturday, March 15: Lend-a-Hand Stewardship on Mosier Plateau Trail, OR (Syncline and Anticline)
Sunday, March 16: Lyle Cherry Orchard Wildflowers & Wine Tasting, WA (Lyle Convict Rd)
Saturday, March 29: Elowah & Upper McCord Falls, OR (Flood Basalts & Flumes of the Gorge)
Saturday, April 5: Historic Highway State Trail Tour, OR (Historic Columbia River Hwy)
Saturday, April 12: Petroglyph Tour & Horsethief Butte Hike, WA (Native American Petroglyphs)
Friday, April 18: Eagle Creek to High Bridge or Twister Falls, OR (Eagle Creek & the CCC)
Saturday, April 19: Gorge Geology Ice Age Floods Tour, OR/WA (Ice Age Floods Traces)
Saturday, April 19: Lend-a-Hand Stewardship at Memaloose Meadows, OR (Memaloose Island)
Saturday, April 26: Mosier Plateau & Garnier Vineyards, OR (Syncline and Anticline)
Sunday, April 27: Curious Gorge Tour, OR/WA (TBD: Scott will show you lots of fascinating things!)
Sunday, April 27: Starvation Creek Ridge, OR (Hole-In-the-Wall Falls)
Tuesday, April 29: Bridal Veil Falls, OR (Pillars of Hercules)
Friday, May 2: Petroglyph Tour & Dancing Rock, WA (Native American Petroglyphs)
Sunday, May 11: Transit to Trailhead: Cape Horn, WA (Cape Horn Sheds)
Saturday, May 17: Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Mosier Plateau Trail, OR (Syncline and Anticline)
Saturday, May 17: Hamilton Mountain Loop, WA (Bridge of the Gods Legend & Bonneville Slide)
Saturday, May 17: Gorge Geology Ice Age Floods Tour, OR/WA (Ice Age Floods Traces)
Sunday, May 18: Cape Horn Upper Trail, WA (Cape Horn Sheds)
Friday, June 13: Beacon Rock Full Moon Hike, WA (Beacon Rock History)
Sunday, June 22: Historic Highway State Trail Bike Ride, OR (Historic Columbia River Highway)
Saturday, June 28: Elowah & Upper McCord Falls, OR (Flood Basalts & Flumes of the Gorge)
Saturday, July 12: Table Mountain / Heartbreak Ridge, WA (Bridge of the Gods Legend & Bonneville Slide)


Contact Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy
email: maegan@gorgefriends.org
phone: 971-634-2028.