Hike Distance: 6.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1905.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 481 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 244241 feet
Windy, rainy and cold, and located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge! What better conditions to enjoy an amazing hike in the Pacific Northwest. 🙂 Strawberry Island and the Fort Cascades trail offer outstanding views of both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River Gorge, and is located at the town of North Bonneville.
There is parking located near the gas station, just off of Hwy 14. There is also parking for the Strawberry Island trail system, but we’ve never parked there. If you can’t google and find the Strawberry Island parking area I’d be glad to help. The trails system for Strawberry Island is extensive, so you’ll need a map. I’ve included my track for the hike so maybe that will help?
You can basically do a loop on Strawberry Island, and that’s what we did. There are extensive views of the gorge and Hamilton Creek along the trail. We went counter-clockwise around the island. We also took a side trail, on the south side of the island, and went down to a trail that gives access to the Columbia River shoreline. We didn’t go on the shore because of the people fishing, and the rocks on the beach were large and wouldn’t be fun to walk upon.
The trail on the southern side of the island actually ascends to a fantastic view, at the highest point of the island. There are benches there (and at many other places) to enjoy this fantastic 360 degree view! We then descended from this high point and crossed a road, which is the start of the Ft Cascades Trail. The Fort Cascades Trail is a great place to learn about the history of this outpost. There is a nice information exhibit of the history. There is also a self guided tour on the trail system for the fort. Very few remnants of the fort exist, except for a grave and some train related exhibits. Parking for the Ft. Cascades Loop trail is located on the eastern side of the trail, just off Hwy 14.
Such a great day. This place is rarely crowded, and for the Columbia River Gorge that is a luxury!