Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Open skies and panoramic vistas. Wildflowers.

Cons

No dogs allowed.

Trailhead Elevation

680.00 ft (207.26 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)

Features

Big vistas
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

05/03/2016
The wildflowers high up the trail can be quite intoxicating during the right bloom.
04/29/2017
The yellow wildflowers were awesome and the view of the mountains was great! Definitely better on a clear day to see the mountains.
04/15/2017
The wildflowers are just starting to bloom, so we arrived just a bit too early in the season for the postcard-like flower photos you see of this place. In another week or two I'd imagine they will be out in full force.
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