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Tom McCall Point Hike

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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  • Looking up toward Tom McCall Point over the Historic Columbia River Highway.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Looking east down the Columbia River Gorge.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Columbia desert parsley (Lomatium columbianum).- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Slender woodland star (Lithophragma tenellum).- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • View looking east.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Groves of Oregon "shrub" oak.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Gold stars (Crocidium multicaule).- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum).- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Satin flower (Sisyrinchium).- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • View looking west with Mount Adams (12,280') at right.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • View from the top of Tom McCall Point with Mount Hood (11,250') at left.- Tom McCall Point Hike
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  • Looking southwest toward Mount Hood (11,250').- Tom McCall Point Hike
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  • Puget balsamroot (Deltoid balsamroot).- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Branch with numerous lichens, including forking bone, pincushion orange and ragbag.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Groves of Oregon "shrub" oak.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Beautiful bittercress (Cardamine nuttallii).- Tom McCall Point Hike
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  • The end of a rainbow on an intermittently rainy morning at Tom McCall Point.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • The rainbow ends in the Columbia River while balsamroot and lupine show off their colors at Tom McCall Point.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • A perfect rainbow forms over the wildflowers on the plateau at Tom McCall Point.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Abundant balsamroot and lupine cover the slope high on Rowena Crest with Mount Adams above.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • Early morning light on Mount Hood as seen from a full wildflower meadow high above Rowena Crest.- Tom McCall Point Hike
  • A photographer takes advantage of the early morning light at Tom McCall Point.- Tom McCall Point Hike
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Pros: 
Open skies and panoramic vistas. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
No dogs allowed.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
680.00 ft (207.26 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Eastern Oregon can provide some much appreciated relief from the overcast weather in the western half of the state, and the Tom McCall Preserve is a case in point.  Located just above Mayer State Park and between Hood River and The Dalles, the preserve's eastern climate is the perfect environment for spectacular wildflowers, groves of scrub oak, dull Oregon grape and Columbia desert parsley.  The Rowena Plateau is an excellent place for a short walk, but the real beauty of the preserve is the short and steep hike to Tom McCall Point.  On a clear day you'll have full views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.  From this point the trail continues into a narrow strip of Forest Service land before public access eventually stops entirely.  Tom McCall Preserve is managed in part by The Nature Conservancy, so dogs, horses and camping are not allowed.

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