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Cougar Rock

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Cougar Rock near sunset (Jeff Statt)
Cougar Rock from Multnomah Falls (Jeff Statt)
Map of Cougar Rock area


Cougar Rock is a 300 foot tall monolith towering over the Columbia Gorge about 1 mile east of Multnomah Falls. The name of the rock is said to have come from a story about a Multnomah Basin homesteader who survived a cougar attack while hunting nearby. While it's not possible to get to the rock itself, there two viewpoints overlooking it. You can follow a defined ridge over the top of a rocky spine to a viewpoint overlooking the rock, but the better view is to take the faint trail downhill and to the right. It hugs the east side of the aforementioned ridge and heads down to a nice open viewpoint just to the southeast of the rock. (the photo on this page is from this vantage point)

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