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Mosier Creek Falls and Mosier Plateau

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR
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Length

2.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 540 ft.
Highest Point: 581 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

This is a trail that starts in the small town of Mosier, Oregon. It starts on the east side of the old bridge on Highway 30 in town, going first past the cemetery.

Climb through a river gorge that feeds into the mighty Columbia to the top of a plateau that offers fantastic views down to the huge river making its way to the Pacific Ocean. Built by the Friends of the Gorge with assistance from WTA, the trail is a nice leg stretch for folks touring the Gorge.

After hiking just 0.25 miles and about 100 feet of elevation gain, you will see beautiful, two-tiered Mosier Falls. The first levels drops about 70 feet, while the upper falls is shorter, at just 10 feet high. The pool between the two makes for a refreshing swimming area, but use extreme caution when playing in or near waterfalls.

Past the falls, the trail gradually climbs with gently graded switchbacks and three sets of stairs to a viewpoint on the Mosier Plateau. The plateau is home to plentiful flowers, such as Columbia desert parsley, yellow bells, and grass widows. Across the river, the Coyote Wall trail is just visible on the Washington side.

From here it is best to return the way you came. The trail does loop back down to highway 30, but you must then walk a half-mile along a busy highway back to your car.

 

Mosier Creek Falls and Mosier Plateau

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 45.6861, -121.4012 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

"Curious Gorge" (Cook - Maverick Publications)

Getting There

Take I-84 east to Mosier, at exit 69. Go right at the stop sign and drive into Mosier. Cross a bridge over Mosier Creek, and look for the Pocket Park Trail, beginning on the right side of the road behind a park bench with the words "Mosier Pioneer Cemetery". Parking is available on the north side of the road.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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