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.

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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

  • Tamanawas Falls, a two mile hike in through lush forests, is a great family hike that takes you to the gorgeous 100 foot waterfall

Tamanawas Falls

Tamanawas Falls is another gorgeous waterfall in the Gorge and great for families. The two mile hike takes you through lush forests along Cold Spring Creek with the destination ending at the 100-ft waterfall. An ideal hike for cooling down on a hot afternoon! Getting there: To reach Tamanawas Falls, follow Hwy 35 south of Hood River for approximately 22 miles. Look for a parking area a few miles past Cooper Spur turn off, just before Sherwood Campground. Follow the path to the footbridge crossing of the East Fork of the Hood [...]

  • Legend of the Bridge of the Gods speaks of the Native American legend of the Bridge of the Gods

Legend of Bridge of the Gods

Long before recorded history began, the Native American legend of the Bridge of the Gods says the Great Spirit built a bridge of stone that was a gift of great magnitude. The Great Spirit, named Manito, placed a wise old woman named Loo-Wit, on the bridge as its guardian. He then sent to earth his three sons, Multnomah, the warrior; Klickitat (Mount Adams), the totem-maker; and Wyeast (Mount Hood), the singer. Peace lived in the valley until beautiful Squaw Mountain moved in between Klickitat and Wyeast. The beautiful woman mountain grew [...]