Lollipop hike that is available year-round on the dry side of the Gorge. This loop takes you up along the western edge of the Labyrinth, over to the magnificent syncline wall, and then up along it into oak/Douglas-fir woods to do a short loop back and drop down the rim once more. Coming down Coyote Wall, taking in expansive vistas every step of the way, is the just reward for slogging all the way up. Dogs must be on a leash, year-round on some trails and for half the year on others. There are ground-nesting birds in this area.
Link for Coyote Wall Loop: Oregon Hikers
Link for Labyrinth-Coyote Wall Loop: Oregon Hikers
This hike will see some beautiful geologic features, waterfalls, expansive views of the gorge and Mt Hood (if the weather is clear), and ground nesting birds in the meadow and cliff sides. Iits a little early for the wild flower show, but there may be some balsamroot flowers in bloom. I intend to take us counter clockwise from the trail head, passing through the Labyrinth first and then up to the top of the meadow, giving us the best and longest views of the gorge on the way down. We'll rest at the top for a bit of food, recovery, and socializing before descending to the trail head. Plan for a full day of hiking, but we will likely not use all of it.
|Driving Distance from Portland||126 miles|
|Distance - Round Trip||8 miles|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|