Travel Tips to Experience Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Over two million visitors come to the magnificent Gorge on a yearly basis. Why? It might have something to do with the fantastic sights that promise a good time. Biking and hiking are staple yet fun activities here. As you go through the trails, you will come across waterfalls, wildflowers; if you visit at the right time of year, you can see huckleberries, wild mushrooms, and other surprises.

To enjoy a more serene experience, ensure you pay attention to the tips below.

Before you travel…

Make plans to leave before 10 am to avoid being at popular trailheads when crowds are there.

Take less popular routes rather than popular ones as they are equally beautiful. Check out the eastern Gorge such as Columbia Hills State Park, the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, such as the Weldon Wagon Wheel trail.

Since weekends are the busiest times in this area (especially in April and October), plan to visit on Mid-week or a multi-day stay during the week. You’ll find that you can enjoy the hikes, restaurants, wineries, and scenes without the stress of a huge crowd.

To enjoy a safe trip…

Choose trails that members of your group are healthy enough to hike. Make your research on the distance, weather and road conditions.

Inform someone about which specific route you are taking and when you will be back, especially when you are alone or few in number.

Take cash with you to pay for use of recreation facilities and passes (research about the types of passes to be paid and how much is required).

Do not forget your essentials like a printed map and compass, appropriate footwear, extra clothing, food, and drink, among others.

During your trip…

Keep your dogs on leash and pick up their waste

Reduce carbon emissions and congestion by carpooling, taking a shuttle or biking.

Use only authorized trails and campsites

Endeavor to pay for the use of amenities to support maintenance and conservation efforts.

Support local businesses in the Gorge through your patronage.

Express good manners and respect the culture and practices of the local people.

At the end of each day of biking and hiking, your body needs a relaxation to ease your weary bones and there is only one place that gives you the best of what you need: Spa Remedease. Here in the heart of Hood River, we give you the body massage, cleansing and exhilarating experience you deserve in your trip. 

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