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

  • River to Rock Trail at Beacon Rock State Park in Washington

River-to-Rock Trail: Beacon Rock State Park

The River-to-Rock trail adds 1.5 miles to the Beacon Rock climb and offers parking away from the crowds. The trail hooks up to the trail to the top of Beacon Rock. Begin this hike at Doestch Day Use Area. Wildflowers in the spring and blackberries in the summer make this a nice beginning to your 846-foot climb to the top of the rock. Visit the marina at the day use area for a picnic and another incredible view of the infamous Beacon Rock. Escape the crowded parking and discover Beacon Rock [...]

Evolution of Wind Sports in the Gorge

In 1948, Newman Darby, a 20 year old American, created a floating platform which looked more like a catamaran than a windsurfing board on which he mounted a sail. He did not patent his idea and in the mid-sixties, Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer brainstormed the idea of the sail and the boom, along with the invention of the uphauling rope. First they called the board, “the skate,” then the “Baja board” and finally it was “the windsurfer.” The windsurfing craze started in the 1970s and was recognized as the catalyst for [...]