Memaloose Hills

AreaColumbia Gorge (east - OR)
Best time to visitEarly April through early May
Blooming NowYES
Elevation500-957 feet
Trail Info4.2 miles to the top of both Marsh Hill and Chatfield Hill, with app. 850 feet cumulative elevation change. Mostly gradual with a few short steep sections on Chatfield Hill.
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


The Memaloose Hills are a great place to see a wide variety of spring wildflowers, including several varieties of the Desert Parsley (Lomatium) family, Desert Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon conjugens), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Broad-Leaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius), profuse amounts of Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea), and Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida).


Take Interstate 84 to Exit 69 (Mosier). Take Highway 30 east through the town of Mosier, and in 3.0 miles you will see the Memaloose Viewpoint sign and parking area on your left.

Parking permits are not necessary here. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.

The (unsigned) trail starts on the south side of Highway 30.

Trip Reports

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04/15/2017Greg Lief
03/30/2016Greg Lief
05/06/2015Steve Luther
04/05/2015Greg Lief
03/24/2015Nina and Jim
03/21/2015Greg Lief
05/02/2014Rick Judy
04/19/2014Greg Lief

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Wildflowers at Memaloose Hills

Wildflowers at Memaloose Hills

Balsamroot on Chatfield Hill

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