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After years of living in the area, it is easy to get used to having the Columbia River just down the road. In reality, this historic, geologically fascinating area deserves a visit from time to time. Though slightly outside of the Blue Mountain region, this short hike offers expansive views of the Gorge. Pull over next time you are en route to I-84 and enjoy.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    500 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    N/A

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    No

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Your Public Lands

    National Natural Landmark (National Park Service)

  • What To Do
    • Hiking

      Just a few hundred feet of elevation gain makes a big difference when viewing the Columbia River and Wallula Gap area. This short trail is one mile round trip and shows off the basalt pillars left behind from the Missoula floods. The trail is well marked and offers historical information regarding a Native American legend about who the twin sisters were.

  • How To Get There

    Head west on HWY 12 for 30 miles to Wallula Junction and keep straight joining HWY 730, which follows the mighty Columbia River. Two miles past the junction on the left side of the highway is the abrupt turnout for Twin Sisters so keep your eyes peeled and blinker ready.

  • When To Go

    Since you are likely headed that way anyway, pick any clear day or, if you are lucky, sunset to take the quick walk up to Twin Sisters and neighboring viewpoints. Even in the winter, the clouds hanging over the river offer up some pretty dramatic scenes.

  • What To Expect

    Stretch your legs, learn a little, and enjoy the views. There is no place to hide on this trail, so if it is hot and sunny make sure to bring water and apply sunscreen.

  • Fees

    None

  • Permits

    None required to park or utilize the trail.

  • Regulations

    No trespassing after dark, and no rock climbing.

  • Amenities

    No facilities available. The parking lot is directly off of HWY 730.

  • Wildlife Awareness

    We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.

  • Field Notes

    Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.

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