Sevenmile Hill

AreaColumbia Gorge (east - OR)
Best time to visitApril
Blooming NowYES
Elevation760-1980 feet
Trail Info4.8 mile loop, 1280 feet elevation gain as described in the Oregon Hikers Field Guide entry,
but you do not need to walk that far to appreciate the wildflowers.
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


Sevenmile Hill is located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in the eastern Gorge, just west of The Dalles. In April the hillsides turn yellow with carpets of Carey`s Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza careyana), interspersed with patches of blue Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianii), Bi-Colored Cluster Lily (Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii), Big-Head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum) Paintbrush, Milk-Vetch, and many others. There are wonderful east-facing views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood to the southwest. If you hike far enough, you will get a nice west-facing view of Rowena and the river.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no official trails at this location. This image shows the approximate boundaries of the public USFS property. Please respect the intermittent No Trespassing signs along the fence line. Also, please try your best not to step on any wildflowers, although in some places this might be difficult to avoid.


Take Interstate 84 east to The Dalles. Take Exit 82, signed for Port of The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, and Wasco County Museum. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, then turn left at the stop sign onto Highway 30. Proceed 0.3 miles, then turn right onto Chenowith Loop Road. Continue 0.6 miles to a T-junction, and turn right onto W. 10th Street. Drive 0.6 miles, then turn right onto Sevenmile Hill Road. Drive 1.1 miles and watch for a dirt track heading up the hill to your right. Park on the narrow shoulder on the west (left) side of Sevenmile Hill Road, and hike 0.4 mile up the dirt track to a large, flat, graveled parking area. Do NOT proceed up the road beyond the two barrels marked "No Trespassing". Refer to the Oregon Hikers Field Guide entry for information about where to proceed from the parking area.

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