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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.6568, -121.0866 Map & Directions
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Wildflowers festoon the hillside. Photo by Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

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This trail in Columbia Hills is one of three excellent destinations in this location. Do an out-and-back, or a loop hike! Visit in winter for great views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood, or in spring for a stunning wildflower show. Continue reading

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Hiking Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

State Parks officially opened the Crawford Oaks trailhead at Columbia Hills State Park on May 17th of 2014. The trailhead is just east of Horsethief Butte on Hwy 14.

From the trailhead, cross 8 Mile Creek above the falls and follow a serpentine trail up the hill through rock benches to a 'T' junction, where you can turn left to hike down through a grove of oak trees. Continue along the east side of 8 Mile Creek walking through fields of balsamroot and lupine in the springtime.

Cross the creek and continue until you arrive at the fence line. Return to the trailhead along the west side of the creek. Near the oak grove, there's a large apple tree with beautiful blossoms.

The trail is non-motorized and multi-use, so expect to see other hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians. There is also a bathroom and covered picnic table.

Bitter cherry bushes, fiddle neck, showy phlox, puccoon, prairie stars are some of the flowers you may see, as well as balsamroot and lupine. But all the gorgeous flowers come with a prices -- be sure to check for ticks!

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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

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Co-ordinates: 45.6568, -121.0866 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Vancouver, take Highway 14 east towards Lyle. Columbia Hills State Park Campground is at milepost 85 and the trailhead for Horsethief Butte are on the right hand side of the road.

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Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

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