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Tom McCall Nature Preserve

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The Tom McCall Nature Preserve encompasses the hiking trails along the Rowena Crest. Fantastic... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
Spectacular Views of the Columbia River

Our goal was to see wildflowers on our trip to Hood River. There were 4 varieties blooming along... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 November 2018

The Tom McCall Nature Preserve encompasses the hiking trails along the Rowena Crest. Fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge and beautiful landscape. Well worth a minimum of a couple hours to enjoy the scenery and nature.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Our goal was to see wildflowers on our trip to Hood River. There were 4 varieties blooming along the Rowena Crest trail, a very easy walk along a dirt path. On the day we visited the wind was blowing very hard so it was difficult...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 2diane144
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We spent the morning at the Nature Preserve hiking. First hike was the McCall Trail which was about three miles total - in and out path. It traveled up a large hill with some elevation gain and provided spectacular views the whole way up. After...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Kellyem
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I just drove here this week. All the spring wildflowers are in bloom and the meadows are just brilliant with color. You can get here easily there is a lot of parking and you can just wander around and look at the Columbia River.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank icetsarina
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We had 3 to 4 inches of snow so went snowshoeing on this beautiful trail. There were cross-country skiers and at the entrance were restrooms and drinking fountain.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Always a great walk, but particularly during wildflower season (April to June most years). On clear days (many are here) there are good views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Well worth the time.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank OregonTraveler17
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Well worth the climb to the top! You get a great sense of the vastness and terrain of the Gorge from here. Quiet. Awe.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank TimberOregon
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The spring wildflower displays draw thousands of hikers each year. But this Rowena Plateau offers so much more than a hiking area. This basalt plateau projects right into the path of the mighty Columbia River and was a major buttress against the fury of over...More

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank Lloyd D
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Easy hike for the whole family. Great view of the gorge and Columbia. Time it right and see lots of wildflowers.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Lanford5
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Only the plateau trail was open at the time we visited. I was unprepared for the amount of wind we encountered, but the view was worth it! This is a great place for views of the Columbia River with wild flowers in the foreground.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank MelissaT73
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Suzanne C
8 January 2017|
Response from Lloyd D | Reviewed this property |
not at Tom McCall. It's completely open, no cover, and often windy. Check out Mayer or MDMA loose State Parks along the river. No covered pavilions or grills that I know of, but good tree cover and generally not that windy.