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Rock of Ages Arch

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking East at the rock formations in front of Yeon Mt from inside the Rock of Ages Arch (Jeff Statt)
The arch itself is large enough to sit in (Jeff Statt)
Another view of the arch (Steve Hart)



This is a natural rock arch overlooking the Yeon/Nesmith area in the Columbia River Gorge. The arch is a great photo spot as there's room for one to sit within the arch. Take care, however, the drop off is steep and unforgiving on the other side! Star Trek fans may be reminded of The Guardian of Forever.

The only way to get to this location is a spur trail off the primitive Rock of Ages Trail. On a nice day, this can be a challenging diversion for people coming to see Ponytail Falls but yearning for a bit more adventure. It's only about 0.4 mile to the spur trail from Ponytail Falls, but the climb is steep and quite the scramble in places. Plus, this trail is not maintained, and poison oak should be expected. This is also part of a larger loop encompassing Devil's Backbone and the Oneonta Canyon.

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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
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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