Just south of the Columbia River Gorge, Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness was expanded in 2009 to include the spectacularly lush cliffs, canyons and waterfalls of Gorge Face.
With breathtaking panoramic views of the Cascade Range, its forests, meadows and subalpine lakes offer a popular destination for nearby Portland residents. Visitors can embark upon a range of delightful adventures, including fishing, horseback riding, camping, rafting, backpacking and wildlife watching. Among the 200 miles of trails, hikers can enjoy a jaunt on the regional Pacific Crest Trail.
One of the legacies of former Oregon Senator Mark O. Hatfield was expansion of the state’s wilderness system in 1978 and 1984, the largest expansion before or since that time. Though Hatfield was criticized by conservationists for also sponsoring pro-logging legislation that led to the destruction of ancient forests, his role in creating new wilderness in Oregon remains a singular achievement that no other senator has yet matched.
The Hatfield Thru Hike is a five-night trek, beginning at the Multnomah Falls Lodge, and then leaving civilization behind for most of the next six days as the route traverses through the rugged high country of the Hatfield Wilderness.
- Near: Portland, OR
- Distance: 60 miles one way
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 4000 ft
- Hike Time: 6 days
- Difficulty: 8/10
- Trail Condition: Mostly well maintained trail
- GPX Download Link: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Wilderness Permits: USDA Forest Service
- Shuttle Service: Uber
- Dog Friendly: Yes
- Kid Friendly: Yes
Getting to the Trailhead:
From Portland: Hwy 84 (east) to Bridal Veil Rd. (east) to Historic Columbia River Hwy. (right) to trail head.
Salvation Creek Trail Head (Google Map Link)
Tail Conditions Map