Five best hikes on Washington side of Columbia River Gorge

Which side of the Columbia River Gorge do you like best for hiking?

Flip a coin, hem and haw, pick one and change your mind . . . they are both great. Typically the Washington side better in spring, because it faces south and gets more sun.

That gives it more openings in the forest and more room for dense concentrations of wildflowers to grow, though you could say that about Tom McCall Preserve and Sevenmile Hill in Oregon, too.

So lace up your boots for primo spring hiking with great views, more sun and less noise than across the river, because Oregon is the side with the interstate highway.

Pity hikers who live in Seattle and Spokane. The best spring hikes in their state are a lot closer to Portland, on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Here are five great spring hikes on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge…

 

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