Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000)

Area Status: Open
Pacific Crest Trail marker on a tree.

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, a 2750-mile epic route that traverses from Mexico to Canada, includes 26 miles that pass through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This scenic area section include Cascade Locks, Oregon, which is both the largest city and lowest elevation along the entire Pacific Crest Trail route. The Scenic Area's section is bounded by Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the north and Mt. Hood National Forest to the south. View a map of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Columbia River Gorge on the Pacific Crest Trail Association website.

To learn more about the features associated with the Pacific Crest Trail at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area view the Oregon and Washington sections below:

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round, Snow dependent
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
  • Wilderness restrictions apply when trail passes through Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Stevenson, WA; Cascade Locks, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Bridge of the Gods, North Bonneville and Herman Creek trailheads.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information



Day Hiking

Hiking to Dry Creek Falls would make a great day hike.

Areas for Day Hiking at Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000)


Hiking to Wahtum Lake would make a good overnight trip. A return route on Herman Creek trail would make a loop. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.

Areas for Backpacking at Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000)

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!

Areas for Horse Riding at Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000)