Portland, OR: Munra Point
One of the Gorge's steepest and most enjoyable trails, the path to Munra Point features several challenging scrambles and five-star views across the Columbia River.
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Save this challenging hike for a dry day—and prepare to climb nearly 2,000 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles. From the trailhead, head southwest through open woods and immediately cross Tanner Creek on a wide, paved bridge. After 1,000 feet, turn left onto the Gorge Trail for a brief climb up the Tanner Creek drainage and an easy-going traverse of Munra Point’s lush northern slopes. At mile 1.6, turn left at the signed junction for the final, 0.9-mile push to Munra Point. Pace yourself—this unmaintained path gains more than 1,600 feet of elevation and requires some tricky scrambling. After 2.4 miles, crest Munra Point’s moss-covered summit and savor spectacular views across the Gorge. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Galen Williams
- Distance: 3.9
- Miles from city center: 39
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From the Wahclella Falls parking area, head south for 100 feet, then turn right and head north for 400 feet to reach the trailhead.
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At the trailhead, head southwest on the paved trail (marked with a “Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek Section” sign).
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Walk across the wide, paved bridge over Tanner Creek, a cascading creek bordered by lush, open woods. Continue following the paved road.
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Turn left off of the paved road onto Gorge Trail (No. 400). Ahead, the trail starts to climb up the Tanner Creek drainage.
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The trail switchbacks to the right and heads north.
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The trail leaves the Tanner Creek drainage and traverses the lush northern slopes of Munra Point, heading southwest.
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Turn left (south) onto the trail to Munra Point @ 3-way junction. This junction is marked with a “Trail Not Maintained” sign (the word Munra is etched into the sign). The stiff ascent to Munra Point starts here: You’ll gain more than 1,600 feet of elevation in the next 0.9 mile.
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Keep your camera handy: Along this scenic stretch of trail, you’ll be treated to bird’s-eye views of the Columbia River Gorge.
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Tackle one of several steep scrambles that require the use of both hands. You’ll have to climb an 8- to 10-foot-high rock outcropping to continue on the trail.
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At this point, the trail looks impassable due to a large, moss-covered rock face. Bypass this rock wall by hiking through some bushes on the left (north) side of the face.
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Use caution while maneuvering up the 50-foot slot that rises 150 feet west of Munra Point. Note: This scramble is not recommended in wet weather.
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Munra Point (1,814 ft.): On clear days, this rock pinnacle offers spectacular views across the Gorge. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.
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Sign for the Wahclella Falls parking area. ©Galen Williams
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Pass the trailhead sign just before crossing Tanner Creek. ©Galen Williams
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Bridge over Tanner Creek. ©Galen Williams
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Views of Tanner Creek near the bridge. ©Galen Williams
Views from Gorge Trail
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Munra Point Trail
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View of the lush underbrush in this area of the forest. ©Galen Williams
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View looking south into the Cascades. ©Galen Williams
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Hikers must climb a rock outcropping to continue on the trail. ©Galen Williams
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Another vantage point looking west into the Gorge. ©Galen Williams
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The top of Munra Point. ©Galen Williams