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Herman Creek Pinnacles Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Herman Creek Pinnacles (Steve Hart)
Pacific Crest Falls (Steve Hart)
Herman Bridge (Steve Hart)

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Hike Description

NOTICE: Most trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge are closed until further notice because of damage from the Eagle Creek Fire. The closure involves ALL trails between Rooster Rock State Park and Hood River. It is anticipated that most of these trails may not reopen until Spring or Summer 2018. Please check the list of Columbia Gorge trail closures before you plan for a hike.

This is a pleasant hike to a couple of interesting geologic formations.

Start at the Herman Creek Trailhead. Hike up the Herman Creek Trail about 0.6 miles, under a powerline to a junction with the Herman Bridge Trail. Turn right and head down to the Herman Creek Bridge, a large steel truss bridge. From here, the trail climbs, sometimes steeply to the Pacific Crest Trail. Going uphill from here on the Crest Trail is a challenging ordeal, but you have it lucky. You'll be heading the other way.

Turn right on the Crest Trail and head gradually downhill. You'll come to Pacific Crest Falls in about a quarter mile and a second quarter-mile will bring you to the Herman Creek Pinnacles. The pinnacles are interesting to look at, but dangerous to climb. When you're ready, you can head back the way you came.

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland, by Paul Gerald
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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