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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.4688, -120.4266 Map & Directions
4.3 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
50 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
A rocky cliff face rises along the side of the river. Photo by Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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The river level Pinnacles Trail which was an old ranch road follows the John Day River below beautiful and colorful basalt cliffs and pinnacles through sagebrush flats and scenic views of the rolling hills. Continue reading

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Hiking Cottonwood Canyon State Park

This mostly level trail passes through sagebrush flats and follows the John Day River with basalt cliffs lining the canyon and scenic views of the rolling hills. Apparently the largest herd of bighorn sheep in Oregon live in the park. Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, coyotes, and pronghorn are other animals living here.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.4688, -120.4266 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

Take I-84 east to exit 104, turn right for Wasco/Bend. Follow HWY 97 for a little over 7 miles and make a left for Wasco. Drive for about 2 miles and then go right on Clark St. Go left onto HWY 206E and Cottonwood Canyon SP. In another 15 miles make a right into the park. Follow the road all the way to the end by the campsite area where the TH parking is located.

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Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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