If this isn’t on your top-ten list, it should be: less than 45-minutes from Portland, a moderate trail through a pleasant forest of coniferous and deciduous trees, sweeping views of the Columbia Gorge, stunning wildflowers in the spring, and fantastic autumn foliage in the fall. This a great hike under partly cloudy (even stormy) skies, although the trail can become muddy and slick. Hiking poles are recommend to help maintain balance. – Friends of the Columbia Gorge
This wildlife refuge is the perfect get-away without a long drive. The refuge includes mixed wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and white oak trees. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect place to slow down and enjoy nature.
In 2009, the City of Washougal endeavored to create a connection between the downtown district and the Columbia River. The SR-14 Pedestrian Tunnel provides safe passage from Pendleton Way to Steamboat Landing and the Levee Trail. The Levee Trail is a 3.5 mile path connecting Steamboat Landing to William Clark Regional Park and the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.
The Levee Trail follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy views of the river and Mt. Hood.
Beacon Rock State Park is a 5,100-acre year-round camping park with historic significance. Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano. The mile-long trail to its summit provides outstanding panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The park includes 9,500-feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. The park has over 20 miles of roads and trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.