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Address: Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, OR 97031
Phone Number: 503 228 9561
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Simple Beauty

Plan to make multiply trips in the Spring and early Summer. Beautiful wildflowers bloom at different times. It is also very beautiful to see the rolling hills across the river... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chloris B
Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plan to make multiply trips in the Spring and early Summer. Beautiful wildflowers bloom at different times. It is also very beautiful to see the rolling hills across the river in Washington as they turn from green to brown velvet. Hike out to the edge of the cliffs and just gaze. Don't forget to close your eyes and just listen.... More 

Thank Chloris B
Hood River Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is great for kids or folks that don't want a strenuous hike. The views are stellar and if you go in the Spring you can catch the wildflowers at their peak!

Thank VinoLover69
University Place, Washington
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59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We've done this several times and if your lucky and early in the season, the wildflowers lovely, but this is a straight up and down trail. The views lovely but the trail is rough and very steep.

1 Thank jackiebr63
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88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We traveled here last fall to the gorge and found this reserve and pulled over to explore. What a treasure. This whole landscape is unbelievable! Following the trail to the end, it was better than Christmas to come around the final stretch and behold this view of the gorge. Lucky lucky lucky to see this spot. Desolate, wild, powerful and... More 

1 Thank Connie I
Felton, California
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305 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Good spot for wildflower viewing. Nice pathway but very rocky. Would recommend good shoes. But otherwise a fairly easy path with just few short climbs. Small sign at the entrance so keep a good lookout for the sign. Rite across from the Scenic View signage. Would recommend when flowers are blooming.

1 Thank simon s
Vancouver, Canada
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359 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

On highway 30 just west of the Dalles is a wonderful spot to go for a walk / hike, or just enjoy the views. We were here on a cols and windy day at the end of April and it still is a beautiful place. The wildflowers were in full bloom. There are a number of trails, from a more... More 

Thank Lonelobster
Independence or
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stopped here during our camping trip to Memaloose State Park. Loved the wild flowers, trees and fantastic view of the gorge. We enjoyed walking all around the area. We even had a deer walk by. This place made for a very special day outdoors.

Thank Three333
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This area is more arid than the western sections of the Columbia River Gorge. You will find a wide expanses of wildflowers stretching to the edge of the cliffs along the river. Wildfowers are in bloom beginning in March (or earlier) and change as the season progresses. There are hikes in the area, but many places are easily accessible by... More 

1 Thank collie b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I went early in the morning when the air was cool. It makes me realize that only God could make something so beautiful The flowers are in full bloom and MT Adams & Mt Hood both were in picture form. The walk is hard but it is worth every ounce of sweat. The view at the top is fantastic,

Thank Daniel B
Gresham, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

How do I get out in nature? I don't get out very often, but this was how I did it. I called our son and his wife and said lets put a date on the calendar to go for a hike and this is the place we chose. The day was windy and cool, but no rain, we took our... More 

Thank SuzanneLG

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