Hike Munra Point
Oregon › Wahclella Falls Trail
Added by John Chau
Hike a unique three-ridgeline formation with lush views of the Columbia River Gorge. This hike is only 40 minutes away from Portland, Oregon.
This hike starts at the Wahclella Falls trailhead, but does not use that trail. Instead, walk back towards the freeway and take a left onto the Columbia River Highway Trail. Go over the Tanner Creek bridge and take a left onto Trail #400. From here, follow Trail #400 until after the slight drop just before the freeway bridge over Moffett Creek. Here you'll see an unmaintained trail heading to the south. Head up it about 50 feet and you should see a trail sign saying "Trail Not Maintained."
Follow this trail as it steeply heads south, with Moffett Creek burbling in the distance to your right (west). The trail picks up in steepness once you get to a large rock wall to your left. Try not to cut the switchbacks that you will encounter! Eventually you will get to your first lookout that has a vertigo-inducing drop to the west. Stay on the trail and follow it all the way to the summit. After the scramble up to the tri-ridge summit, you'll be rewarded with a view of Table Mountain and Hamilton Mountain directly to your north, and Bonneville Dam and the Bridge of the Gods to your northeast.
- There is a $5 fee at the Wahclella trailhead (or buy a $30 Annual Northwest Forest Pass at a place like REI).
- Do not leave any belongings visible in your car due to numerous car break-ins.
- Do not attempt this hike during wet weather, since the rocks at the summit are extremely slippery and the runout severe.
- There is a parking lot, but spaces are limited
- Water and a snack for the summit
- First Aid Kit
- Sturdy shoes
- Map of the trail
- Light jacket
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Amazing view, exhausting hike
Munra Point has the best view of the Gorge I have ever seen, but the hike was absolutely brutal and it is quite easy to find yourself getting lost if you do not remember your way back down. The trail is poorly marked and your legs will be on fire when you get to the top and you will be very sweaty, but bring a camera because the views are amazing! Recommend going in the Spring or Summer.
Great Hike And Extremely Helpful Adventure Write up
A friend of mine went on this hike back in May, and they had a rough time finding the trail with the poor cell reception along Cascade Locks. I decided to screenshot the adventure write up for this hike from The Outbound app, and it helped tremendously. This hike was pretty strenuous carrying all of my camera gear up the mountain. There are a good of amount of sections on this hike that require both hands to climb up rocks to continue along the trail. I have yet to find a hike in Southern California that offers the views and feeling of being immersed in the wilderness like this one. No waterfall on this hike, but it makes up for it with a unique trail along the top of the mountain that is only about a yard wide. I wouldn't recommend this one for kids as it is pretty dangerous at the top. I'll have to return to explore more of the mountain, but the small amount that I have experienced already made the hike worth it.
Please pick up your trash and quit vandalizing this rad spot!
Hey gang, for all future hikers who choose to conquer this scramble, PLEASE pick up your trash and any other trash that you might find out there. It's extremely disheartening to come back to a place that I love and find toilet paper, granola wrappers, and babywipes scattered around. Also, please do not carve your names, slogans, or anything whatsoever into the rocks along the northeastern ridge (or anywhere else for that matter). Thanks! -John Chau
I've hiked for many viewpoints at the gorge and this by far has the best view so far. It is extremely rewarding. I wouldn't say the hike is difficult for me since I am pretty fit, but going down really shot my knees a bit. Other than that, it was a fun climb to the top. It's comparable to dog mountain, but not as boring since you actually get to climb some rocks. Be careful though because there are drop offs, so don't go when it's even slightly wet. Also, it is a hike not for dogs if you ever plan on bringing your buddy. You can start at Wahclella Falls and backtrack to Tanner Creek and go from there, then turn left onto trail 400. You will be on trail 400 for a while, parallel with the highway and then there will be another left trail that leads you straight up to Munra Point.
Did this hike 4/9/16 --- most difficult hike I've done thus far, but yielded the best reward. The view from the top was spectacular, but come prepared for 2-3.5 hours of hiking up and another 1-2 hours getting down. Follow directions diligently (as the hike is not too easily accessed) and you'll be fine. Also, be sure to wear long pants and potentially even a thin long-sleeved shirt, as there is poison oak the ENTIRE WAY up lining both sides of the trails. Despite the intense climb and dangerous sections, I would HIGHLY recommend this hike to anyone who is looking for a straight-up adventure.
One of those hikes worthy of every adventurer's list.
Munra Point ranks right on up there with the likes of Yosemite's Half Dome Cables, Zion's Angel's Landing and others in that awesome view, awesome experience, awfully exposed vein. That's a good thing for the adventurous of course but also not one to be taken lightly, especially when you consider the wet nature of the PNW and hikes in it. No dogs, no kids, no one afraid of heights. But if you're cool with the exposure of walking a ridgeline, fine with 1,000' / mile sections of hiking and don't mind getting your hands dirty scrambling up and over some rocks, it's awesome here. The summit rocks at the top make for a killer lunch spot (sunrise as well I'm told) and you'll certainly take a billion photos. Of course with all the elevation, things tend to take longer than expected to don't forget to pack heavy for this one.
this is an incredible hike!! i would definitely rate this one difficult BUT ITS WORTH IT. there is some rock climbing at the end (at the very end there's a rope to help) also be weary of lose dirt and rocks along the trail hiking both up and down its easy to slip!
Amazing hike! Definitely on the more difficult side, and it requires more than just walking a trail. There is a rock wall to climb near the end, and the path to the top isn't for the faint of heart. The ridge line at the top is incredible.
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