No, you won’t find David Bowie along the maze of trails. But plenty of other fantastical residents inhabit this fortresslike hunk of basalt outside of Bingen, Washington, where the landscape transitions from a lush, fir-flecked scene to the burnt-orange hues of the arid eastern Gorge. Myriad logs strewn about the top of Coyote Wall make fine impromptu benches for resting your quaking legs and marveling at the white-capped mountains lining the Gorge. Then head down the ridge into a web of trails where hidden treasures, like miniature waterfalls and rare wildflowers, await (but no goblins, we swear).
ROUND TRIP: Up to 6 miles
NEAREST TOWN: Bingen, Wash.
DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN: 65 miles
PACK: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland; USGS White Salmon map