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Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, OR 97031
503 228 9561
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Ranked #8 of 21 attractions in Hood River
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Sitting on the bluffs in the spring sunshine, watching the tribal fishermen set their gill net in the gorge, with a red-tail hawk and turkey buzzards circling below us, and more flowers than I could dream of -- even at the weekend, starting out before noon, it was a wonderful experience. With easy trails, two beautiful ponds, and gorgeous flowers... More

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Portland, Oregon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It's bit early right now for the flowers, The little ones are just starting to come out. Better luck on the Washington side at Catherine Creek, as it is south facing and the warmth of the sun brings the spring flowers out earlier.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This was our first visit to the preserve in March. The trails out to the river view area are open and still a bit muddy in spots, but well worth the visit. Right now (3/15/2014), there are thousands of purple Grass Widow wildflowers in bloom. There are a few other flowers also, but not in force! The views to the... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Good place on a Monday morning, nobody there. Very easy, splendid hikes, fantastic views. Gets a bit busy on weekends.

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Hollister, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Beautiful area, probably great hiking as well. I wished I had brought my wildflower book! It is a historic area with road designed for scenic appeal.

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southern US
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Very pretty easy trail through prairie grasses on the top of a bluff with great views over the Columbia River. There were beautiful wildflowers and a couple tiny lakes hidden behind trees. Despite the fact that it was a cool grey day we did see a Western rattlesnake and lots of poison oak, so be cautious when walking on the... More

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Top Contributor
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80 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

wow, what a beautiful view from the top. it was really hot today, but we powered up the mountain. the flowers were in bloom..lupin,arnica, balsalm root...wild with color. the views from the top are fantastic..you can see forever.

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Hood River, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The Tom McCall Reserve is an easy destination, a short drive off I-84. Offering killer views of the Gorge and mouth of the Klickitat River. Hike down to the top of the cliffs or up to the summit for a even bigger view. Can be very hot and windy. No dogs allowed. Watch out for the Poison Oak! Rehydrate at... More

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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Amazing views of the Rowena Crest and Columbia River. Completely different landscape/climate east of Hood River.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I hike this all Spring when the balsom root and lupine are in full bloom. Spectacular view from the top. Watch out for mosquitos in the summer... not sure where they come up but they will attack you in swarms in July.

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