CHS 1 Hike - Columbia Hills

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Columbia Hills

Columbia Gorge Hiking Weekend. CHS1 hike to Columbia Hills led at 1.5-2.0 mph.

  • Easy
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,255 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM at Cascade Locks

  • Exact location TBD

Trailhead: Crawford Oaks Trailhead or Dalles Mountain Ranch

The route this hike will take is jam packed with a number of sites to see. Columbia Hills is a historic state park that includes a waterfall, streams, rolling hills, (season dependent) wild flowers, a historic ranch, views of the Columbia River Gorge, and if it's clear out Mt. Hood.

We'll stop a number of times during this hike to take in all the possible views. We'll also stop by the Dalles Mountain Ranch since it's got some interesting historic stuff to look at.

After the hike we'll stop at a local restaurant for a bite to eat.

Additional items:

  • Treated clothing (e.g. permethrin) and/or insect repellent (e.g. picaridin): This hike is on the East side of the Cascades and is extremely likely to have ticks present. Also take other precautions such as wearing long sleeve clothing etc.
  • Sunscreen and/or UPF clothing: There isn't any significant tree cover during the entire hike.



Columbia Hills

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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