Portland, OR: Nesmith Point

This challenging trail climbs through old-growth forest, past views of the Columbia River, Mount Adams, and Beacon Rock, to an overlook high above the Columbia River Gorge.
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This challenging trail climbs through old-growth forest, past views of the Columbia River, Mount Adams, and Beacon Rock, to an overlook high above the Columbia River Gorge.

Gaining more than 3,700 feet in 4.3 miles, this stiff climb travels to a small overlook above the Columbia River Gorge. Start at John B. Yeon State Park, and follow the lush path south for 150 feet to the first trail junction. Continue straight at this 3-way junction on Nesmith Point Trail. After 1.5 miles, tackle a set of 11 switchbacks that climb toward the ridgetop. Don't forget to turn around for bird's-eye views of the Columbia River Gorge to the north.
At mile 2, the trail emerges from the tree-cover, revealing more views of the Columbia River below. Traverse a small rock garden, then ascend two more switchbacks before heading back into the forest. Two miles later, turn right onto an old dirt forest road for the remaining 0.2 mile to Nesmith Point. Look for Nesmith Point on the left (if you're not looking for it, you might miss it). Take in the views of the Gorge from this very small overlook, then follow the same route back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.8

Waypoints

WML001

Location: 43.5520210266113, -122.412994384766

Start of the Trail. Depending on the snow conditions, the trail can will start where the snow pack begins. Averrages between 3-9 miles

WML002

Location: 43.5534515380859, -122.411499023438

Continue straight. Right will continue on to Warner Mountain Summit.

WML003

Location: 43.5581245422363, -122.409805297852

Go stright nqot right

WML004

Location: 43.5583000183106, -122.408279418945

Estepo creek

WML005

Location: 43.5643196105957, -122.409645080566

2129 to the left cont straight

WML006

Location: 43.5658226013184, -122.405815124512

Right

WML007

Location: 43.5611801147461, -122.393287658691

5209 tl left cont straight

WML008

Location: 43.5570526123047, -122.395233154297

Moon point tail 3688. To right cont straight

WML009

Location: 43.5589599609375, -122.388366699219

Viewpoint of bachelor? Broken top? Raineir

WML010

Location: 43.5493049621582, -122.383285522461

Com tower to left. Mt sraight ahead

WML011

Location: 43.5426635742188, -122.372467041016

Left ono 342 towardookout tower

WML012

Location: 43.5434684753418, -122.366477966309

Warner Mt. Lookout Tower