A note to hikers: Be sure to carry enough water and trail snacks on this hike. We see many people attempting hikes of this nature without water or snacks. You will burn a lot of calories and need fuel and water to replenish your body. We recommend camelback-style hydration packs, with the ease of drinking through a tube that is always available. You will drink more and be better hydrated along the way.
More: Eat Healthy on the Trail
Not to forget our quest for great food on our trips, a must stop on the way home is Joe’s El Rio Texicantina Restaurant in Stevenson, Washington. This is not your everyday Mexican restaurant, and the food is a cut above. The menu includes such specialties as Blue Corn Enchilada Suizas, a mix of chicken and cream cheese rolled into two blue corn tortillas and topped with green tomatillo sauce cheese and crème fresh. Another choice is a Smoked Pork Chili Verde, succulent chunks of house smoked pork in a mildly spicy green chili and tomatillo sauce served with warm tortillas. A cold beer with dinner rounds out a great day on the trail.
Travel east on I-84 to the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, cross the Columbia, and head east through Stevenson. The trail head is at milepost 53 approximately 12 miles from bridge. Remember, you will need a Forest Pass to park in the lot.