The Columbia River Gorge offers no shortage of awe-inspiring hikes with waterfalls, ravines, and more. The Mosier Plateau Trail is one such trail that is relatively new to the Oregon hiking circuit, but is quickly gaining popularity, and for good reason.
Completed by the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge in 2013, the Mosier Plateau Trail begins just outside of Mosier, a quick 10 minute drive east of Hood River. Though the actual trailhead can be found across the historic bridge on the south side of Highway 30, there is plenty of room to park in the public parking area near the totem pole in Mosier. It’s a very short walk to get to the actual trailhead from here.
Once on the trail, it’s not long before you come across some interesting spots. First up is the old pioneer cemetery, where the family of Mosiers, whom the town was named after, are laid to rest.
Next up is the lovely cascading Mosier Creek Falls. Made up of two tiers with a nice pool in between, this makes for a refreshing place to cool off on your hike back down!
Be prepared for plenty of switchbacks and several sets of stairs on your journey up through grassy, flower-filled meadows. March through June seems to be the best time for wildflower viewing, with mid-to-late April being the peak.
Once you reach the top of the plateau at Mosier Viewpoint, enjoy the spectacular views of Mosier, Bingen Gap, and Rocky Prairie. From a short loop trail down a ways on the plateau, you can also get great views of Coyote Wall and the Labyrinth across the river. If you’re into birding, you’ll want to return to this area around January to spot some bald eagles!
With its convenience to town, refreshing waterfall, dazzling wildflowers, and scenic views, there really is no reason to not check out the Mosier Plateau trail!
If you’re interested in checking out some other Columbia River Gorge hikes, don’t miss our article about some of the best waterfall hikes in the Gorge.
Round Trip: 3 miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Difficulty: Easy (though the switchbacks and stairs can pose a bit of a challenge for some)