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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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
- Distance: 13.8
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