So long as you have a reasonable head for heights, this iconic, straightforward hike offers stunning views of the gorge.
8 a.m. until dusk, year round. The trail is occasionally closed for maintenance or if the weather conditions render it dangerous. Call the park ranger if in doubt.
The more accessible Vista House at Crown Point offers the other iconic gorge view. Stunning child-friendly hiking opportunities in the gorge include Latourell Falls, Triple Falls, Elowah Falls and (my favorite) Wahclella Falls.
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34841 Rte 14, Stevenson, WA 98648 [Google map].
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