Mosier Plateau

AreaColumbia Gorge (east - OR)
Best time to visitEarly April through early May
Blooming NowUnknown
Elevation400-620 feet
Trail Info3.5 miles round-trip (including the 0.25 mile in each direction along Highway 30), 500+ feet elevation gain
 Oregon Hikers Field Guide information
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.


Mosier Plateau is owned and administered by Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust. It is a wonderful place to see a variety of spring wildflowers, most notably Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea)). You will also enjoy fine views of the Columbia River, Coyote Wall across the river, and the Mosier syncline to the west.

Park near the totem pole in "downtown" Mosier (located on the north side of Highway 30). Look for a gravel lot below the totem pole, between Highway 30 and the railroad tracks. Walk east along Highway 30 for a quarter mile. Several yards after crossing Mosier Creek, start uphill on the trail leading to Mosier Pioneer Cemetery and the Plateau beyond/above it.

For additional information, visit Friends of the Gorge's Mosier Plateau page. A trail map can be found here.

WARNING: As is nearly always the case in the Eastern Gorge, there is plenty of poison oak in this area. However, if you stay on the trails you should have no problems.


Take Interstate 84 to Exit 69 (Mosier). Take Highway 30 east into Mosier and look for the totem pole on your left. Parking access is just east of that. Park between Highway 30 and the railroad. Walk 0.25 mile east along Highway 30, crossing the creek. The trailhead is on the south side of the highway, just beyond the bench.

Parking permits are not necessary here. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.

Trip Reports

DateSubmitted by
04/26/2018Greg Lief
04/22/2018Greg Lief
Reports from previous years
04/15/2017Greg Lief
04/10/2017Greg Lief
03/29/2016Greg Lief
03/21/2016Greg Lief
04/05/2015Greg Lief
03/21/2015Greg Lief
05/13/2014Cheryl Hill

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Balsamroot and river view from Mosier Plateau

Balsamroot and river view from Mosier Plateau

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