This is a favorite early spring conditioning hike. Nesmith Point is the highest point along the cliffs lining the Gorge and is free of snow by April. It offers a steep climb with switch backs through a spectacular box canyon and views of Beacon Rock and Mount Adams.
After 0.9 mile, turn left at the intersection with Gorge Trail #400 and climb steeply up the canyon for 2.4 miles to the ridge. At the plateau, continue to climb gradually for 1.3 miles to an old road leading to the summit the former site of a fire lookout tower. The trail can be combined with Horsetail Creek Trail #425 (5.6 miles) and Oneonta Trail #424 (2.9 miles) for a return trip to the Oneonta Trailhead on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
At a Glance
Expect snow and ice on trail. Last cleared of logs in 2016.
Year-round, Snow dependent
Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to Ainsworth State Park exit #35. Turn left towards Warrendale, then turn right onto the Frontage Road. Continue east 2.3 miles to the parking area at John B. Yeon State Park.
From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 toWarrendale/Dodson exit #37. Turn left at the end of the off ramp and travel under the highway taking another left onto the Frontage Road. Travel 0.3 miles to trailhead.
The trail can be combined with Horsetail Creek Trail (5.6 miles) and Oneonta Trail (2.9 miles) for a return trip to the Oneonta trailhead on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.
The trail to Nesmith Point would be a nice long up and back day hike.
Views of Beacon Rock, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier.