Hiking

The trail system at Skamania Lodge offers over four miles of hiking paths on the property. There are magnificent views of the surrounding Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Mountains. Skamania Lodge offers a splendid opportunity to sample some of the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty.

Please click here to view our interactive Columbia River Gorge hiking map. You may also wish to download our hiking guide for a printable map and more detailed information.

Creek Loop Trail: 1.5 Miles

Hike Level: Moderate

The Creek Loop Trail is the easiest of Skamania Lodge's three hiking trails. You will begin our hike at the Golf Shop, and turn right, passing the 18th green of the golf course. The trail will take you toward a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the course's 13th hole, the Columbia River and the Oregon Cliffs. It then follows the path of Foster Creek, meandering through the forest and crossing the creek twice via footbridges. As you near the 8th tee of the golf course, the trail joins the Lake Loop Trail at Lilly Pad, which at this point many of our guests report seeing many kinds of wildlife including birds, frogs, turtles and deer. The Creek Loop Tail then continues through the forest, traveling between the 2nd and 9th fairways, crossing a local wetland bog on a long footbridge, and then returning to the Golf Pro Shop where the trail ends.

Lake Loop Trail: 1.75 Miles

Hike Level: Moderate

This trail begins at the Golf Pro Shop, but turns left and goes past 2nd fairway, continuing behind the cart path near the 3rd tee, and coming out behind the 4th green. Following the trail, go down the hill and behind the 5th green where you will see Wy'East Lake on your left. Walk along part of the lake and you will emerge near a picnic area between and behind the 3rd green and 4th tee. Then follow the gravel service road along the shore of Lilly Pad Lake to the junction with the Creek Loop Trail, and return to the Golf Shop. For a bit longer hike, you can turn left and follow the Creek Loop Trail in a reverse path back to its starting point.

Gorge Loop Trail: 1 Mile Fitness Course

Hike Level: Challenging

The shortest of our three hiking paths, Gorge Loop begins and ends at the Fitness Center/playground area. From there, carefully cross the driveway to a paved path overlooking the tennis courts and a bit further down, the 14th fairway. Stay in the woods and follow the trail uphill to a magnificent viewing area overlooking the 16th fairway and featuring glimpses of the Columbia River. Proceed down the hill into a canyon, where you will begin a switchback climb back up the hill where you will emerge behind the 16th green. During this stretch of the hike, be sure to look for views of the Bridge of the Gods. Follow the cart path down and across the main driveway, and return to the Lodge on the paved footpath. This is also a fitness trail with several workout stations.

This lodge is one of the friendliest places I know. Everyone seems to genuinely enjoy working there and doing whatever they can to assist the guests.

Jeanne, Salem Oregon



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