Pacific Crest Trail #2000 - Oregon

Area Status: Open
This area is 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. Continuing on, the trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  

Trail enters wilderness from Herman Bridge Trail #406E south. 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)

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions:
  • Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Bridge of the Gods trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office

General Information

Directions:

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #44. Follow the off ramp under the bridge and stay right as the road forks and cirlces around Toll House Park. The park is across the street from the Charburger Restaurant. Trailhead parking is marked by an entrance sign on the right.

From Hood River, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #44. Follow the off ramp as it turns into Wa Na Pa Street/Cascade Locks Highway/US-30.  Travel to the west side of Cascade Locks and turn left on the access road to the Bridge of the Gods, across from Charburger. Trailhead parking is marked by an entrance sign on the right.


Activities


Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

Horse riding is allowed on certain trails in the area. Contact the local office for more information on which and when trails are opened for horses. And, as always, please stay on the existing trails and roadbeds!


Nature Viewing

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