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Labyrinth Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Labyrinth Falls (Steve Hart)
The Columbia River from the Labyrinth (Steve Hart)
Grass Widows are common here (Steve Hart)
  • Start point: Labyrinth TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Labyrinth
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 2.0 miles
  • Elevation gain: 570 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Year round
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Yes


Hike Description

The hike into the Labyrinth is one of the unrecognized gems of our area. From the Labyrinth Trailhead, hike west on closed Highway 8. You'll soon come to Lower Labyrinth Falls, a man-made, two tiered waterfall created when Highway 8 was constructed. The water cascades over the cliff on to the road, then ducks beneath a slender path of remaining asphalt before tumbling to the shoulder of modern Highway 14 below. Continue west on the old highway about another half mile. Just past a rock cut, you'll come to the obvious, yet unmarked Labyrinth Trail.

Turn right and head uphill on the dirt trail. The trail starts above small glen filled with oaks, then crosses a small divide. You'll pass an interesting little cave on the left and then climb a bit to Labyrinth Falls. The creek tumbles in a couple of decent sized upper tiers, then turns and drops into a narrow canyon, only to hook back and drop some more. There are a couple of use paths to different viewpoints.

There's a short steep section of trail climbing above the falls, but then the trail levels out to a bridge over the creek. The trail then slabs up the right side of the canyon a bit. Look for birds of prey near here soaring on the thermals. Soon the trail cuts to the right and enters a narrow defile. The trail weaves through a very thick stand of small oaks hemmed in by talus slopes on both sides. The trail emerges from the valley into a wide grassy area, perfect for relaxing. We've labeled this spot the Labyrinth, but the name really applies to the whole area. Drop your pack here and take time to explore several side paths to the top of rock outcrops and beautiful views of the river. When you've had your fill, return the way you came.


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