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Three Corner Rock

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.7447, -122.0078 Map & Directions
Length
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
800 feet
Highest Point
3550 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate

Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to forest management practices.

Mount St. Helens hiding behind Three Corner Rock. Photo by Jim Ebacher.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

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Hike the Pacific Crest Trail to a relatively unknown but landmark lookout site on a rock pinnacle with a view of 5 snow peaks and segments of the Columbia River. Three Corner Rock sits atop of broad, open ridge surrounded by beargrass meadows in the spring. Continue reading

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Hiking Three Corner Rock

There are two hike options for folks heading to Three Corner Rock. A shorter option is available, at just 4.4 miles round trip with 800 feet of elevation gain. Start where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Road CG 2090. Selective logging occurred on both sides of the trail within the last five years. The well-graded trail gains elevation, passing into mountain hemlock and Pacific silver fir forest. Views open up as the trail climbs the ridge in three switchbacks. Mount Adams dominates the northeast horizon. As the path curves around the ridge, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens come into view.

After 1.5 miles, large fallen signs mark the junction for the Three Corner Rock Trail. Turn right and follow the trail through open woodland and beargrass openings. Pass a short, marked side trail, signed "Water Trough" that leads to a piped spring. Shortly beyond, the trail ends at a jeep road. Turn right and climb the badly eroded tread a few hundred yards to a 4-way junction at a saddle. To the left is a gravel road accessing a microwave relay tower. Straight ahead is the Three Corner Rock Trail climbing 9.2 miles from the Stebbins Creek trailhead along the Washougal River. To the right is the rock pinnacle itself.

Walk up the spur jeep road to the base of Three Corner Rock. Concrete steps lead to within 12 feet of the top. Scramble the rest of the way to the flattened top where a lookout tower formerly stood. Enjoy 360 degree views that include Mounts Hood and Jefferson to the south, Mount St Helens and Mount Rainier to the north, Mount Adams to the northeast, and the Columbia River glinting to the southeast and southwest. Other notable high points include Silver Star, the highlands of Indian Heaven Wilderness, and the Columbia River Gorge sentinel peaks of Dog Mountain on the Washington side and Mount Defiance on the Oregon side.

If you'd like, it's possible to do a longer route of nine miles round trip with 1,900 feet of elevation gain. Start where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Road CG 2000. The PCT starts in a former clearcut, then traverses second-growth Douglas-fir forest, winding in and out of several creek drainages before finally reaching the ridge leading to Three Corner Rock.

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Three Corner Rock

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 45.7447, -122.0078 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to forest management practices.

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Drive Highway 14 east from Vancouver to milepost 43. Turn left on Rock Creek Drive (signed for Skamania Lodge and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center). At 0.3 mile, just past the entrance drive for Skamania Lodge, turn left on Foster Creek Road (which becomes Ryan Allen Road. At 0.9 mile, turn left on Red Bluff Road for 0.3 mile, then continue on gravel DNR Road CG 2000.

Take this winding, uphill road along Rock Creek. At about 8.5 miles, the PCT crosses this road. For the shorter hike, continue going uphill on CG 2000 to where it tops out at Rock Creek Pass. CG 2000 curves to the right, but go straight ahead on Road CG 2090 for 0.3 mile to the PCT crossing.

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Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon (1st edition - 1993) by William L. Sullivan

Navillus Press

Eugene

Oregon

Yacolt Burn State Forest

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