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Wygant Peak Trail

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.7029, -121.6186 Map & Directions
Length
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2000 feet
Highest Point
2200 feet
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Moderate/Hard
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Wygant Peak Trail

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 in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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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

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

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

Wygant State Natural Area

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