As the largest national scenic area in the United State, the Columbia River Gorge is a hiker or mountain biker’s paradise. With dozens of trails on both sides of the river, you have plenty of options. Always bring your camera, as the views from many of the trails are spectacular. There are all kinds of trails for all levels of walkers, from easy trails with no elevation gain to expert trails with elevation gains of 4,000 feet or more.

Before you go, always check the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service website for the most up-to-date information on the trails, including which are open or closed. They will also have information on whether restrooms and picnic areas are open. Some areas allow dogs off leash, and these are indicated on their site as well. For biking specifically, check out Hood River Area Trail Stewards (Hood RATS) website and Facebook page.

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