Columbia Hills State Park is a beautiful new area for trails, and will eventually be a fantastic addition to mountain bike riding and hiking in the Gorge. However, the status of this trail system is a bit nebulous, to say the least.

The trail was never ridden in properly, and remains hard, if not impossible to find. Go check it out if you like, but it’s probably not a great idea unless you have an adventurous heart, patience, a compass, and a sense of humor.

And why does this non-existent trail system get a mention on this website? Because it’s beautiful. Because it’s going to be an incredible place to ride one of these days. Because it will ride well year-round. Because it has singletrack, rocks, and drops.

Because I have hope for it, and because I want it to happen. Hope with me.