St. Cloud Loop
Western Gorge, Washington
View of St. Cloud, Columbia River shore. (Friends' archive)
0.5 miles round trip
Creating a World-Class Trekking Network Encircling the Gorge
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On the Trail
This quiet spot along the Columbia River makes for a nice stop to couple with other Gorge adventures. Enjoy its quiet apple orchard, summertime shoreline to explore, and big views across the river to Oregon’s cliffs. The half-mile, gravel universal access trail is flat and scenic.
Permits & Pets
This site is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. A Northwest Forest Pass is required and can be purchased here. Dogs must be on leash.
- From the parking area, begin walking Trail 4410 and stop at interpretive panels to learn about this tranquil spot.
- In 1909, this land was the estate of Paul and Florence Vial. They built a home, tennis courts, swimming pool, and boat dock, and planted gardens and an orchard, naming it after the Paris suburb where they honeymooned in 1903. The Trust for Public Land purchased the property and later sold it to the U.S. Forest Service.
- Trail 4410 meanders through an orchard of Spitzenberg and Newtown Pippin apples — all that remains of the Vials’ riverfront home. Cuttings from these trees grow at the Washington State University Vancouver Heritage Orchard.
- Enjoy views of Oregon’s Oneonta Gorge and Multnomah Falls. When river levels are low, walk the rocky beach here.
- Please always stay on the trail and clean your boots before and after you hike. Hikers are a common vector for spreading invasive seeds.
- Restrooms are at the parking area.
Other hikes at or Near This Trailhead
Directions & Travel Tips
St. Cloud Trailhead: On SR 14, turn toward the river at milepost 29.9 into the St. Cloud Day Use Area. Cross the railroad tracks with care. Restrooms are at the parking area.