Moffett Creek Trail

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and offers views of Mount Hood.  There are campsites along the trail making backpacking possible. This trail begins at Tanner Creek Trail #431 (1,320’) and ends at Forest Road 2000-222 (3,560’) near Nesmith Point.  The west end of this trail can be reached via Nesmith Point Trail #428 that starts in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The east end of this trail can be reached via Tanner Creek #431 From the south end of #431, the trail drops to Tanner Creek (hazardous during high water).  After fording Moffett Creek, the trail climbs steeply for the next 2 miles to Von Ahn Rim on the western edge of Tanner Creek Canyon.  The views from here are outstanding.  The trail turns west and passes a small pond with a number of small campsites after a further 1.4 miles.  From the pond the trail continues for 0.3 mile and crosses a powerline access road.  From the powerline the trail gradually drops to McCord Creek, climbs over a small ridge and drops again to a second fork on McCord Creek after 0.9 mile.  After another gentle climb and 1.3 miles the trail reaches Nesmith Point Trail #428.  Visitors can return the same way or make a 18.3 mile loop and return via Nesmith Point Trail #428.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Open Season: May
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From Portland, OR Via Nesmith Point Trail #428 - Eastbound I-84 – Take Historic Columbia River Highway Ainsworth State Park exit #35. Turn left towards Warrendale, then turn right onto Frontage Road. Continue east 2.3 miles to the parking area at John B. Yeon State Park.

From Hood River, OR Via Nesmith Point Trail #428 - Westbound I-84 – Take Warrendale exit #37. Follow Frontage Road and take the freeway underpass. Turn left onto the Frontage road 0.3 miles to John B. Yeon State Park. See trail guides #428 Nesmith Point or #431 Tanner Creek for more specific access information.



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  Area/Length : 
5.9 miles

  Elevation : 
1320' - 3560'


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