Wahtum Lake, in the rainforest of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, lies halfway through an ideal 33-mile loop (link the Eagle Creek and Herman Creek Trails). Designated sites along this gem’s south shore are perfectly placed between the water and the flower-carpeted hillsides.
Plus, as local resident Craig Romano notes, “Wahtum is a great basecamp for a hike up to the grassy summit of 4,673-foot Chinidere Mountain, with views of five volcanoes.” Hike counterclockwise and start on the Eagle Creek Trail, with more falls than any other trail in the gorge and acres of never-logged Douglas firs.
MAP: Green Trails Bonneville Dam ($6, greentrailsmaps.com)
CONTACT: (503) 668-1700, fs.fed.us/r6/mthood
-Mapped by Eli Boschetto (Bosco Mountain Photo) and Galen Williams