5 Waterfall Hikes

5 Wildflower Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge

Wildflowers will soon start popping up across the landscape in Columbia River Gorge.  Spring wildflower hikes are a Gorge specialty you won’t want to miss, so plan your wildflower weekend now. These hikes are on the Washington side of the Columbia River but easy bridge access from Portland and Hood River

Mosier Plateau:

This trail begins in the town of Mosier, follows Mosier Creek up the hill, through a pioneer cemetery, onto the Mosier Plateau.  This trail is part of Gorge Towns to Trails project, a comprehensive trail system that wraps around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation. The trail was completed in the summer 2013 with numerous partners and volunteers. Enjoy!

Catherine Creek Area

Parking is on the north side of WA14 where you can pick up trails for longer hikes and more great wildflower and bird viewing.  Catherine Creek Trail #4400 is a one mile paved trail with great views of the Columbia River on the south side of WA14.  Catherine Creek Arch (1.9m) and Catherine Creek Labyrinth (5.5 miles) trails can be picked up here.

Rowena Plateau Loop

This easy stroll provides stunning views up and down the Gorge.  In late spring, the balsam root and other wildflowers are abundant.  You can’t talk about the Rowena Plateau without talking about the Tom McCall Nature Preserve. The Nature Conservancy has worked to preserve the fauna and flora here. Starting in spring, volunteers lead interpretive hikes.

You’ll have stunning Columbia River Gorge Views on these trails, through open grasslands, vernal ponds and oak woodlands.  Bring your camera.

Start your day at one of the many Oregon Bed and Breakfasts near Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge with a breakfast prepared from fresh local products.  Or take a relaxing day trip from a Portland region bed and breakfast

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.