Hike Munra Point

5.8 Miles Round Trip - 1870 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Wahclella Falls Trail - Search Nearby - 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

Tags

Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

Details

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

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Katy Noel

almost 4 years ago

Absolutely Incredible

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.

Ted S

almost 4 years ago

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.

Phoebe Hill

almost 4 years ago

WORTH IT

Stellar views at the top are well worth the climb up. My new favorite gorge hike for sure.