Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Underwood

#1 of 251 in Nature in Oregon
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A popular destination for hiking, snowboarding, skiing, biking, and fishing, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area transitions from temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in just under 130 km (80 mi). Up to 1,200 m (4,000 ft) deep, the gorge stretches along the boundary between Washington and Oregon and contains a high concentration of waterfalls, with nearly 100 on the Oregon side alone. An important water transportation corridor for millennia, this river canyon offers you a chance to discover a sprawling world of pristine forests, streams, lakes, wetlands, and prehistoric sites. Take advantage of scenic drives, picnic areas, hiking trails, and panoramic lookouts. You can set up a tent or trailer at one of the area's designated campgrounds. Work out when and for how long to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other Underwood attractions using our handy Underwood trip itinerary site.
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  • This is a no miss while in Portland. Gorgeous falls, lovely hiking. Highly recommend. We took the trolley there so parking was easy.  more »
  • So much to see and so little time! Amazing views, amazing drive, so many waterfalls, hikes, and lots of fun!  more »
  • Absolutely most amazing drive. We attempted to drive along the old 30 Oregon Highway but were stopped by a landslide! You can get pretty good views from Highway 84 - if you can drive slowly. A must...  more »
  • I drive through here often on my way home. It doesn't get old though. It's when I reach this area that I remember why I live so far from town. It's like a big, welcoming hug! The area is not only beautiful but it's peaceful and tranquil as well. There's so much less traffic and people than the Oregon side. And, it's prettier in my opinion!
  • Great place to explore the outdoors both in the summer and the winter. The drive to Mt. Hood is great with a lot of nice views of the gorge and the mountains around. Take time to stop at places along the way to admire the nice scenery. The Columbia river runs along the road and you can have great views of the river. There are also cruises you can take on the river.
  • It's stunning as usual. But the amount of people makes it difficult to enjoy during peak season (as much of Portland and the Oregon Coast has become during peak). Still worth it if you can find parking, turnout in either direction comes up fast and sometimes the lot is full, but there usually is a warning posted prior to the exit if it is. September to April best time to visit as less people are around.
  • Fantastic views and there is a hike challenging or not challenging enough for anyone. I have hiked devil's rest, and angels rest. Devil's rest had cool viewpoints on the way up but there was no view at the top. There was only a sign on a tree. For climbing 4400' in elevation I was pretty disappointed at the end. While the hike and viewpoints along the way up were 9/10, the view at the top of devil's rest was 1/10. Overall it's still a beautiful place to go
  • I love making this stop along the highway in the scenic Columbia Gorge. This natural wonder remains intact after a raging wild-fire recently came so close to taking out everything around this historic landmark. It is indeed a wonder to behold ! Note: if you are on the freeway, the exits to the biggest parking lot are left-hand exits ( between the East & West bound lanes of the freeway ).

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