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Wygant Peak Trail

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR
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Length

8.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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A little-known trail on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. This route escaped damage from the Eagle Creek Fire, but it is still recovering from a flash flood event in 2016 that blew out a bridge crossing Perham Creek. 

Beginning at the Mitchell Point Overlook parking lot, hikers set off up the Wygant Peak Trail. The route winds four miles up to a 2,200-foot-high peak.

At first, the route follows the historic Columbia River Highway route. This section is notable for its ivy-wrapped stone foundations, relics of a time when the Highway was just a small two-lane road. The greenery and shade are singular here, offering a low-key beginning to a somewhat steep climb. 

The trail eventually reaches Perham Creek, where a large, well-built bridge used to cross the creek canyon. In 2016, a flash flood took out the bridge (which had been damaged previously by a falling tree). Crossing here is at the hiker's own risk, but if you decide to do so, you'll find a moderately-graded trail switchbacking the rest of the way to the peak. 

 

Wygant Peak Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.7029, -121.6186 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

Wygant State Natural Area

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Getting There

Take exit 58 off I-84 in Oregon (east bound exit only). Drive a short distance to the parking lot.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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