Nesmith Point Trail

Nesmith Point Trail #428

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Length: 4.46 miles one-way
Trail Uses: Hiking, Bicycling
Facilities available: Parking
Season of Use: May to November
Difficulty: Difficult
Min Elevation: 70 ft
Max Elevation: 3785 ft
Visitor Use: Medium

Directions to Nesmith Point Trail

Eastbound I-84 – Take Historic Columbia River Highway Ainsworth State park exit # 35. Turn left towards Warrendale, then right onto Frontage Road. Continue east 2.3 miles to the parking area at John B. Yeon State Park. Westbound I-84 – Take the Warrendale exit # 37. Pass under the highway and turn left onto Frontage Road, continuing 0.4 mile to the parking area.

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Nesmith Point Trail Description

This is a favorite early spring conditioning hike. Nesmith Point is the highest point along the cliffs lining the gorge and is free of snow by April. It offers a steep climb, switch backing through a spectacular box canyon, with views of Beacon Rock and Mount Adams. After 0.9 mile, turn left at the intersection with Gorge Trail #400 and climb steeply up the canyon for 2.4 miles to the ridge. At the plateau, continue to climb gradually for 1.3 miles to an old road leading to the summit the former site of a fire lookout tower. The trail can be combined with Horsetail Creek Trail (5.6 miles) and Oneonta Trail (2.9 miles) for a return trip to the Oneonta trailhead on the Historic Columbia River Highway.


Ainsworth State Park

USFS Nesmith Point Trail web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Day Hiking web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Backpacking web page