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Buck Point

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Buck Point and lower Ruckel Ridge as seen from Wauna Viewpoint (Jim Sifferle)



Buck Point is the end of the trail and a waypoint on a longer trail, depending on how you look at it. It's the end of the Buck Point Trail #439, an official maintained trail. Buck Point has some great views of the Columbia River, unfortunately marred somewhat by the buzz of power lines. Still, it's the power lines that make the views possible in the first place, so we shouldn't gripe too much. Buck Point is a good family hike destination.

Just beyond Buck Point, there's a trail junction heading up to the left, marked only by a "Trail not maintained" sign. This is the notorious Ruckel Ridge Trail. Beyond here, it's for the experienced hikers only.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • 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

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