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.
Effective Jul 22, 2021
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning July 22 until further notice. The ban includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban applies to all state parks and state-managed forests east of Interstate 5 and will remain in place until conditions improve.
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