Historic Columbia River Highway - Rowena Crest Overlook

Near Hood River, Oregon, United States

Rowena Crest is a stunning viewpoint and trailhead along the Historic Columbia River Highway that looks down on Mayer State Park and the Columbia River Gorge.  The view includes the iconic Rowena Loops — the horseshoe curves that wind up to the viewpoint, a true engineering marvel.

This viewpoint also serves as a trailhead for adjacent Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Each spring, the Rowena Plateau bursts into bloom with native lupine, balsamroot and other wildflowers. Hikers can take the 2.6-mile Plateau Trail for views of the epic geologic formations carved by Ice Age floods. Or, try a  more challenging 4-mile out-and-back hike to McCall Point.

To get there, take exit 69 off I-84 from Mosier and head east about 7 miles on Highway 30, or take the Rowena exit (#76) and head west on Highway 30 up the famous “Rowena Curves.”


Know Before You Go

  • There are no restrooms at Rowena Crest. Visit Lower Mayer for public facilities.
  • No dogs allowed in the Tom McCall Nature Preserve.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use year round mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-478-3008, 503-695-2261
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