St. Cloud Day Use/Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

1/2 mile accessible loop trail which passes through an historic apple orchard provides great opportunites for a family stroll and wildlife viewing. Please be aware of the nearby railroad tracks.

Acquired by the USDA Forest Service in 1990, the site of the old St. Cloud Ranch homestead has been developed to provide public access to an area of local historical importance. The area is possibly the largest remaining natural wetland in the Gorge, providing habitat for an extensive variety of wildlife. The site is culturally significant to Native Americans as well. Historically, members of the Watlala Tribe utilized many of the plant and animal species that were or are present at the St. Cloud site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please be aware of the nearby railroad tracks. Enjoy unique views of the river and Multnomah Falls.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or NW Forest Pass
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motor vehicles on trail.
Closest Towns: Washougal, WA; Stevenson, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1). ADA accessible.
Passes: (Recreation Passes) may be used as a form of fee payment 
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Bingen, WA: Travel west on Washington State Route 14 approximately 35 miles to milepost (MP) 29.9. Turn left (south) and cross the railroad tracks to site's parking area.

From Vancouver, WA: Travel east on Washington State Route 14 approximately 30 miles to milepost (MP) 29.9. Turn right (south) and cross the railroad tracks to site's parking area.

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  • Recreation Passes
  • Benson Bridge Closure Link opens in a Pdf Document
    Early in the morning on Thursday January 9, 2014, a large rock fell from the surrounding cliffs at Multnomah Falls and damaged the historic pedestrian Benson Bridge. The bridge sustained damage to a 4x4 foot section of the pedestrian bridge and associated railings. Due to damage on the bridge, Benson Bridge is closed at Multnomah Falls for safety reasons indefinitely until repairs can be made. The trail leading to the bridge is closed at both sections of the bridge until a design and repairs can be completed. It is anticipated that the bridge closure will last several months. Visitors will be able to hike the Larch Mountain trail #441 up to Benson Bridge, which will still allow visitors good views of the iconic falls. All other trails in the area will remain open. However, the popular Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls loop and the Horsetail Falls to Multnomah Falls loop will not be passable due to the closure.
  • Cape Horn Peregrine Falcon Closure Link opens in a Pdf Document
    Seasonal closure February 1 through July 15 at Cape Horn ensures their continuing presence.


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