Area Status: Open
The Oregon section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail climbs gently through vine maple and scattered fir to dense stands of old-growth forest. The hike passes the rugged canyons of Eagle and Herman Creeks on the way to Benson Plateau and Wahtum Lake Basin. About 6.2 miles of this section of Pacific Crest Trail is within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area before it enteres Mt. Hood National Forest.
Trail enters Mark O Hatfield Wilderness from Herman Bridge Trail #406E south. The Pacific Crest Trail is part of a multi-day loop opportunity.
Features: At 14.4 miles, hike the extra 0.2 mile to Chinidere Mountain for views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount St. Helens. Junctions with the Gorge Trail #400, Teakettle Spring (7.1 mi.), Wahtum Lake and Eagle Creek Trail junction (15.6 mi.), Indian springs Campground (18.2 mi.), Ramona Falls (38.8 mi.), Timberline Lodge (49.4 mi.). 6.2 miles is in the Scenic Area, about 4 of that are in wilderness.
Free trail maps, conditions, information: Pacific Crest Trail Association (ww.pcta.org)
View a map of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Columbia River Gorge on the Pacific Crest Trail Association website.
At a Glance
||Cleared of logs for 2016 season from Scenic Area border to Bridge of the Gods. Please visit the Pacific Crest Trail website for updates.
Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
||Cascade Locks, OR
||Restroom during summer season at trailhead
||A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Bridge of the Gods trailhead.
||Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office
Bridge Of The Gods Trailhead