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Columbia River Gorge hiking

The 3 Best Columbia River Gorge Hiking Trails

Columbia River Gorge hikingHiking is one of the most sought-after experiences when visiting Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort. After seeing what our area has to offer, it will likely come as no surprise that so many people flock to this region for an unforgettable hiking experience. The scenic trails vary in length and difficulty, but they all lead to an experience of discovery that will be a cherished memory for years to come. The Columbia River Gorge itself is what draws so many patrons to the resort, and hiking trails are plentiful, many of which lead to breathtaking waterfalls.

While there are several hikes to choose from, we’ve rounded up three of the best gorge hikes that you must experience should you visit the area. Choose one of these if you want to make the most of your Columbia Gorge hiking experience.

Bridal Veil Falls

This particular hike is a favorite of tourists. It’s a short walk at only 0.6 miles long. It is an ideal hike for young families since the trail is paved until right before you reach one of the most gorgeous Columbia River Gorge waterfalls. Keep in mind, the trail turns to gravel before reaching the bridge and then you can continue walking up a few steps to have optimal viewing of the falls. The elevation is 70 feet. A permit is not necessary.

Angel’s Rest

For those looking for a more moderate Columbia River Gorge hiking experience, then Angel’s rest is an excellent choice for you. The summit is 1,600 feet with breathtaking views of the western side of the Gorge and the eastern side of the beautiful city of Portland. Hikers should expect a 4.8-mile round-trip hike which can be accessed off the Historic Columbia River Highway near Bridal Veil Exit 28.

You’ll experience a peaceful walk through the forest before seeing yet another gorgeous waterfall. During the peak month of May, hikers will have the pleasure of seeing countless wildflowers in bloom. The season of use for this hike is March to December. Elevation is 1,450 feet. A permit is not necessary.

Augspurger Mountain Trail

Rounding out the list of best gorge hikes includes this beauty. If you complete the entire hike, you will travel 16 miles! During the walk, you will see a variety of wildflowers, exquisite views Mount Saint Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, as well as Silver Star Mountain. Due to the elevation of 4,400 feet as well as the length of the journey, this section is suggested for experienced hikers. Keep in mind – you will need a permit. 

When visiting Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort, you should take in all that the area has to offer. One of the most unforgetting experiences will be your time in nature, experiencing all the wonder that it has to offer. Select one of these or any of the other incredible hikes, and you are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. Incredible wildflowers, gorgeous mountain views, and miles of fresh air are all that you need to revamp and unwind during your next getaway.

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