Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses the gorge cut through the Cascade mountains by the Missoula Floods during the Ice Age. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, there are numerous locations on both sides of the Columbia River to explore picturesque overlooks, mountains and waterfalls. For example, Catherine Creek on the Washington side just east of Bingen is renown for its wildflower displays as is Dog Mountain. On the Oregon side, Wahclella Falls Trail is easy to hike and spectacular with endemic plants and multiple mossy falls. For help with identifying wildflowers, Russ Jolley’s Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge is easy to use.