Two States, Three Volcanoes & One Big River — Oregon & Washington’s Playground™

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Up to 4,000 feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge stretches for more than 80 miles as the Columbia River winds westward through the Cascade Range, forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Three volcanoes dominate the Cascades and are major attractions when visiting the Gorge. Majestic Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon. It is one of the three dormant volcanoes in this region, with Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens located across the river in Washington state.

The western Gorge, with an average annual rainfall of 75 inches, is lush and green with misty mountains, old growth forest and over 40 plus waterfalls. The eastern Gorge, with an annual rainfall of less than 15 inches, is a region of rocky bluffs, rolling hills, desert wildflowers and wide open spaces.

Just taking a drive through the Columbia River Gorge and exploring the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway is an experience in itself, as you will be in awe of the spectacular geological wonders.

The Columbia River Gorge
is the largest national scenic area
in the United States.

Oregon's Mt. Hood is one of three volcanoes in the Columbia River Gorge Region

Mt. Hood, Oregon | 11,245 ft.

Washington's Mt. St. Helens is one of three volcanoes in the Columbia River Gorge Region

Mt. St. Helens, Washington | 8,364 ft.
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Washington's Mt. Adams is one of three volcanoes in the Columbia River Gorge Region

Mt. Adams, Washington | 12,326 ft.


Blog Posts

  • White River Falls State Park, a beautiful day-use recreational area in the eastern Columbia River Gorge
Featured Hike: White River Falls

White River Falls State Park is a beautiful day-use recreational area offering hiking trails with views of the White River Falls and desert flowers blooming in the spring. An easy to moderate 1-mile round trip hike with a short steep staircase-like trail which takes you to the viewing area. At the bottom you will see the abandoned 1901 power plant building. Farther downstream there are flat ledges and beaches for relaxing in the beauty of this secret hideaway. Getting there: Travel I-84 east to The Dalles, Exit #87. Turn right, then [...]

  • Dry Creek Falls along the Pacific Crest Trail in Cascade Locks, Oregon
Take a Day Hike on the PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail was founded in 1926 and spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels through deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love— and protect— in the Western United States. Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a [...]