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Tom McCall Nature Preserve

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

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Cold morning . Still the trail enticed .great Wildflower display also saw 6 Blacktail Deer. This area is very unique .

Very Deceving. And Beautiful.Awesome View of Columbia River. Parking very limited and this Site is easy to miss

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Very Deceving. And Beautiful.Awesome View of Columbia River. Parking very limited and this Site is easy to miss

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Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Start from the Rowena Plateau Overlook of the Columbia River off the old Highway 30 that runs from The Dalles to Mosier. Stunning views. The Preserve is compliments of the Nature Conservancy. You can enter it across the street from the Overlook. There are two different hikes...the 1 mile Plateau Trail and the 2 mile McCall Point Trail. No dogs... More 

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Hood River, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

While the Tom McCall Nature Preserve can be visited year-round, my favorite time of year to hike/bike this area is in early spring when the yellow balsam root flowers, the red paintbrush, and lavender lupine flowers are abloom, resulting in hill after hill of lush color.

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Columbia River Gorge
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The nature preserve is a windy plateau with spectacular views of the Columbia River and incredible wildflowers. The best time to visit is late March through early May. Allow 1-4 hours for hiking and exploring.

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Tillamook, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Outstanding views of the Columbia River Gorge, road leading to it has many hairpin turns. During springtime wildflowers are thick - and colorful. Sweeping vistas. Worth a stop for sure.

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Tetonia, Idaho
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Preserve is situated on a bluff over the Columbia with expansive views and golden grasses. We hiked to the point which is about 2 1/2 miles round trip accompanied by a pair of ravens the whole way. Absolutely stunning Nature Conservancy Preserve. Next trip we will hike to the Tom Mc Call Point which takes you up and through... More 

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Damascus, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stopped at nearby Rowena viewpoint on Mother's Day. The view was breathtaking. We were curious to see what awaited us at the TM Nature Preserve. As it turns out it was the peak of the spring wildflowers. The flowers spread out across an expansive rugged meadow sloping toward the Columbia River Gorge. Truly A view of a lifetime.

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Edmonton
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Easy hike, but on a hot day there is very little shade (just a couple spots where there are trees). The views of the river and the banks are really special though. On a cooler day this would be a good and easy hike.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is an easy dry desert "hike." If you like desert type areas this may be for you. I probably would not go again.

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Coquille, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Simple display, easy access and hike, great vistas and abundant flowers. The information boards are excellent.

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