Munra Point

1,700 Feet
6.25 miles Round Trip
Myself, Brian and Daisy the dog
Munra Point Hiking Photos
NW Hiker Trail Info

Munra Point is located in an area of the Columbia River Gorge (Eastern Part) where I haven’t completely explored as much. Prior to hiking this one I did a bunch of research and reading about. I came across Dennis Stilwell’s website http://www.nwhiker.com about his Heart Attack story on this very hike. It is pretty intense to actually have done this hike now and to imagine how it may have felt to be in such a dangerous health situation stranded atop Munra Point. You can read about Dennis’s Heart Attack story here – NWhiker – and even listen to a podcast (highly recommend) of Dennis giving the full story – PodCast_HikeYeah (34-35).

Munra Point isn’t a hike of any amateurs. It climbs intensely 1700 ft in about 2.5 miles. It involves a little rock climbing, which stimulates the common adrenaline junky alike. Atop Munra Point offers one of the best vantage points in the entire Columbia River Gorge. Elevated high above the Columbia River you are dazzled with amazing 360 degree views – mountains, waterfalls, geological landscapes, and beautiful panorama of the Gorge. To say this under the conditions we hiked it is very impressive….

It was the weekend and I had my eyes set on hiking Munra Point. We are in the Pacific Northwest so of course it was raining in May. Despite the subpar weather conditions Brian, Daisy the dog, and I went for it. We started from the Wahclella Falls trailhead with rain. The trail was wet and muddy – we were prepared wearing our heavy duty hiking boots.

The first mile is deceiving as it is relatively flat with a short steep stint hiking up a muddy trail then back to a access road. The real climbing starts when you veer off the access road onto the hiking trail (sometimes hard to find – can become overgrown). There are a few different trails up in this area – just remember to head UP and you’ll make it to Munra Point.

You climb pretty steeply through a heavily forested area for about .25 miles when you are first greeted with views. Despite the rain, fog, and low cloud cover it was still pretty amazing.

[Brian hiking up some steep terrain 4×4 style – West Facing]

[West facing pic of Columbia River Gorge]

Just beyond this viewpoint the rock climbing began. Keep in mind that we had a dog with us so we had to carry her or get her a nice running start. She was timid at first then became a rock climbing pro.

[Brian and Daisy approaching next climbing spot. Not up the rock face rather to the left up the gully – still climbing & steep]

[Brian and Daisy near top of Munra Point – West facing]

Once we reached the top the wind started to really pickup as did the rain so we didn’t stick around long. It was decided that we would definitely have to hike this one again when its dry and sunny out to truly appreciate it. The way back was much more difficult then going up. The slick rock made things a bit more tricky and slowed our progress. Most of the climbing spots we simply down-climbed as poor Daisy had to go head first down. I have never seen a dog’s paws so spread out – she needed all the traction she could get.

We saw just two other brave souls out there as we were heading down. We exchanged a bit of hiking beta to one another and continued on down. We were completely drenched and cold from the rain and wind so we decided to pull off for some lunch and change to some dry layers. This sweet rock cropping provided us with some great shelter and a break from the wind and rain.

[Brian and Daisy surveying the area for a good sitting spot]

On the way down the muddy spots were much more muddier. This gave us the opportunity to truly test the durability of our heavy duty hiking boots. My Danner Boots held up great keeping my feet dry and warm.

Towards the end of the hike we walked along the old highway and explored the area a bit (hence our extra mileage). Not completely exhausted from Munra Point we decided to hike up to Wahclella Falls (2 miles RT). A great day of hiking – the rain and wind just kept the trails empty, which was nice to have these beautiful places to ourselves for the day.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Great pictures, map and description of the hike. I enjoyed reading about it!

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