Directions: Drive east on I-84 and take exit 69 for Mosier. Turn right and follow the Old Highway into Mosier. Continue on the Old Highway for about 7 miles. There will be a big sign marking Rowena Crest and gravel parking areas.
This hike starts across the highway from Rowena Crest. There is a signed area that says Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Plateau. Cross through the fenced opening and the dirt trail begins to very gradually head downhill. With all the nice weather we’ve been having lately a few wildflowers were already starting to bloom along the trail!
About halfway into the hike you’ll come to Rowena Pond, there are a few side trails you can take to get a closer look. All along this hike you will see side trails and most of them lead to viewpoints. As you continue past the pond the trail continues to head downhill until you reach the viewpoint at the end of the hike. There are plenty of places to sit and take in the great views of the east end of The Gorge. We also saw quite a few deer while we were hiking, so keep your eyes peeled! This is an out and back hike, so head back the way you came.
Before you leave make sure you head across the highway and take a look at Rowena Crest. You’ll get great views of The Gorge and the Highway 30 loops below!
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation: 110 feet
Pet Friendly: No. Dogs are not allowed since this is a nature preserve.
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: No
Overall: This is place is great year round, we love the Gorge views.