Take a walk with Mother Nature in the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side of the river. You’ll enjoy panoramic views and can even cool off with a dip in Mosier Creek. The Mosier Plateau Trail is a 3.5-mile round-trip hike with a 600-foot elevation gain; it is one of the trails in the Gorge Towns to Trails project, which links communities with outdoor recreation in the Gorge.
Depart I-84 at Mosier and drive Highway 30 into town. Park in the public parking area at the town’s totem pole; the trailhead is about 1,000 feet east across a historic bridge. Not far along the trail, you’ll come to Mosier Creek Falls, a popular swimming hole, but save your swim for the return trip. After some switchbacks and stairs, you will the reach the high point of the hike with eye-catching scenery of the Gorge and Mosier Valley.
When you go, be cautious around cliffs and avoid trespassing on private property that borders the trail. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. The trail is owned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust; for more information, go to gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/mosier-plateau.html.
A refreshing stop at the end of your hike is Rack and Cloth Mercantile (rackandcloth.com), a craft-cider taproom with a small, farm-fresh menu, in the community of Mosier.
For more information about travel in the Columbia River Gorge, check out visitcolumbiarivergorge.com.