Cascade Locks, Oregon

Hike Munra Point

5.8 Miles Total - 1870 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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.

Note:

  • 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
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Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Nathan Oakley

over 3 years ago

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.

Abbey Reddy

over 3 years ago

Fantastic Views And Photo Ops

Fantastic hike but pay close attention to the trail as it can be easy to miss the turn off.

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