Two iconic features dominate the mythical landscape of this region: the soaring basalt cliffs forming the tremendous river gorge and the snow-capped peak of the state’s highest volcano.
Within these boundaries, you’ll find no end of delights — towering old-growth forests, gushing waterfalls, spawning salmon and the mighty waters of the river. The valleys and hillsides are dotted with family farms and orchards, where chefs harvest fresh ingredients for their seasonally changing menus. This trove of natural wonders lures folks year-round, but especially in the summer, when crowds can tamper your pursuit of solitude; thankfully, you’ll often find quieter, lesser-known spots just around the corner. Whether you crave adventure or a taste of local bounty, come with a hefty appetite.
Some areas of the Columbia River Gorge were impacted by the Eagle Creek fire of 2017. Before you head out, learn more about what’s open and closed on the Historic Columbia River Highway and check with USFS for the most up-to-date information on trail closures.