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.”