Where to Hike and Seek Wildflowers Near Hood River, Oregon


Hiking is my life! 

No, seriously it is. I HAVE to hike to stay away from you humans with cameras.

I don’t call it hiking.  I call it ‘elusive-ing,’ kinda like you might say ‘adulting.’

As Sasquatch, it’s safe to say I know my way around the wilderness in the area, so here are my three favorite wildflower ‘elusiv-ing’ spots around Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge.

Rowena Plateau Hike:  Easy, 1 mile saunter, 100 foot elevation gain

General location:  20 minutes from Hood River near Moser

Gorge-ous views of the Gorge!  Visit Rowena Pond along the way using small trails that lead to its edge.  Great for kids, but doggies are not allowed. Some poison oak.

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike: Moderate, 5.2 trek out and back, with a loop at the end, 140 foot elevation gain

General location: 20 minutes from Hood River, heading over the bridge to the Lyle, Washington.  Expansive expansive views to the east and west. Amazing wildflowers in spring.

Poison oak abounds along most sections of the trail, so stick to path and keep your dog on a leash. 

Memaloose Hills Hike: Moderate, 5.2 mile in-and-out tromp, 957 foot altitude gain

General location: 15 minutes from Hood River, heading east on Highway 84 in Moser.

All 3 spots are within a lovely 20 minute drive from my favorite lodging in Hood River, Lodge 902. 

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Lodge 902 Bed & Breakfast in downtown Hood River opened in January 2018 and has never come across a bad review!  It’s got a hip and funky feel with the charm of a vintage house, plus all of the modern updates to ensure comfort.  With six bedrooms (all with adjoining the bathrooms) and plenty of comfortable common areas, it’s also an ideal house to rent for off-site meetings, family reunions, wedding lodgings, guys’ weekends, women’s getaways and retreats.