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. 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
|| 10/10/12: Portions of the area surrounding Wahtum Lake have burned in a recent fire. Be aware that you may encounter hazards in the forest such as: unstable tree limbs and trees, burned out stump holes, loose rock and logs, flash flooding and mud slides. Be alert!
Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Cascade Locks, OR
A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Bridge of the Gods trailhead.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office
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.