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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

Southwest Washington

This trail in Columbia Hills is one of three excellent destinations in this location. Do an out-and-back, or a loop hike! Visit in winter for great views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood, or in spring for a stunning wildflower show. Continue reading

Location

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA
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Length

4.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

4.00 out of 5

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

State Parks officially opened the Crawford Oaks trailhead at Columbia Hills State Park on May 17th of 2014. The trailhead is just east of Horsethief Butte on Hwy 14.

From the trailhead, cross 8 Mile Creek above the falls and follow a serpentine trail up the hill through rock benches to a 'T' junction, where you can turn left to hike down through a grove of oak trees. Continue along the east side of 8 Mile Creek walking through fields of balsamroot and lupine in the springtime.

Cross the creek and continue until you arrive at the fence line. Return to the trailhead along the west side of the creek. Near the oak grove, there's a large apple tree with beautiful blossoms.

The trail is non-motorized and multi-use, so expect to see other hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians. There is also a bathroom and covered picnic table.

Bitter cherry bushes, fiddle neck, showy phlox, puccoon, prairie stars are some of the flowers you may see, as well as balsamroot and lupine. But all the gorgeous flowers come with a prices -- be sure to check for ticks!

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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.6568, -121.0866 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

Washington State Parks

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Getting There

From Vancouver, take Highway 14 east towards Lyle. Columbia Hills State Park Campground is at milepost 85 and the trailhead for Horsethief Butte are on the right hand side of the road.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
 

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