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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Ranch Trail

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.6806, -121.0912 Map & Directions
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Wildflowers abound in the spring at Columbia Hills. Photo byBob Griffith Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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In spring the hills are alive with blooming balsamroot, lupine, phlox and many other wildflowers. The balsamroot and lupine are the stars of the show at Columbia Hills State Park. Continue reading

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Hiking Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Ranch Trail

In the spring Columbia Hills State Park is a wildflower haven, with many trails to experience these beauties from. One option is Crawford Ranch where it is possible to do a 3.4 loop by starting from the Dalles Mountain trailhead parking area (directions described below).

From the trailhead, hike the Pond Connector Trail, taking a left on the Ranch Route Trail then a right onto Military Road and another a right when you reach the intersection with the Eight Mile Creek Trail. This completes most of your loop, you just have to take a left when you reach the Pond Connector Trail again and you'll be on the way back to the parking area. 

A map at the trailhead, near the outhouse shows the various trails and their mileage.

WTA Pro Tip: If you have 2 vehicles, you can park one at the Crawford Oaks trailhead, and do a thru-hike.

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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Ranch Trail

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Co-ordinates: 45.6806, -121.0912 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

Drive east on Highway 14 from Vancouver to the junction with Highway 197; 8 miles from the town of Lyle.

Pass the junction with 197 and drive 0.9 miles more. Turn left onto a wide gravel road signed "Dalles Mountain Road".

Drive 3.5 miles to a large parking lot on the left which is signed Dalles Mountain Trailhead,.

If coming from Goldendale on Highway 97, turn right onto Highway 14, then turn right onto the Dalles Mountain Road which is shortly after the sign to Horsethief Lake and campground.

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