Wauna Point Hike
From Oregon Hikers Field Guide
- Start point: Tooth Rock Trailhead
- End point: Wauna Point
- Trail Log: Trail Log
- Hike Type: Out and Back
- Distance: 9.8 miles round trip
- Elevation gain: 3380 feet
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Seasons: Apr-Nov
- Family Friendly: No
- Backpackable: Yes
- Crowded: No
The Tooth Rock Trailhead creates the easiest and shortest version of this hike, but overnight parking is not allowed. Also, Tooth Rock Trailhead has a higher incidence of car prowling than other nearby trailheads. You can access this hike from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead by hiking about 1.5 mile of Trail 400 from there to Mile 1.1 on Road 777. From the Eagle Creek Trailhead, you can hike west on Trail 400 for about 1.2 miles to Mile 0.7 on Road 777. From the first Eagle Creek parking lot, you can walk along the road going west along the highway to the Eagle Creek Staircase. At the top, to your left, is a hidden junction with the old Portage Road. Hike up the Portage Road to its crest, where you'll find a short use path heading up the hill. This leads about 100 yards to Road 777 at mile 0.7.
These alternatives are explored (with maps) in the Many Ways to the Tanner Butte Trailhead.
From the Tooth Rock Trailhead, start by walking east on the paved Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. After 2/10 of a mile, you'll come to a junction with a trail going up to the right marked by a sign that says "Tanner Butte Trail." Start up the hill for another 4/10 of a mile until the trail splits. Follow the trail to the right. At this junction is a sign marked "Trail 400/Wauna Pt/Tanner Butte Tr."
Head up this steep trail for roughly 100 feet to Tanner Creek Road. This is a 4-way junction. Look for a sign that says "Gorge Trail 400" with arrows pointing left and right. Follow the trail (which is as wide as a road and goes uphill) to the right. When this road splits, bear left (the road on the right will have two signs marking it trail #400 and 034). After that, you will cross several service roads. Continue straight on the road you're on (Road 777) until you reach the old Tanner Butte Trail #401 trailhead.
Make a left onto the Tanner Butte Trail (401) toward the waterfalls. Expect to work your way across streams at least twice. After hiking 2.2 miles through the forest from the Tanner Butte Trailhead, you'll come across a campsite (2,780 feet). This also marks the junction with the unmaintained Wauna Point Trail #401D. The trail is not easy to spot. You might need to step into the middle of the campsite to see it. Once you find it, you will see a "trail not maintained" sign on a tree.
Follow the trail downhill. Right before the trail descends, you might spot a trail that splits off to the right, which in 200 yards leads to a flat, somewhat open area at the top of a cliff that has all the views without all the scrambling and vertigo. If you stay on the main trail, it will get more challenging as you get closer to Wauna Point, so exercise caution. When you get to Wauna Point, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the gorge.
- GPX track available for download here.
Fees, Regulations, etc.
- Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead
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Guidebooks that cover this hike
- 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
- wikiHow to Hike to Wauna Point (Oregon) (more pictures)