Designed specifically to cover in 60 hikes nearly the entire eighty-five-mile Columbia River Gorge corridor, this is the only guidebook for the Gorge with color photographs and color topographic maps. Almost every waterfall, including secret ones, and nearly every overlook point, summit, and loop hike within the Gorge is covered in great detail with specific mileage and compass directions. Author Don Scarmuzzi personally hiked every single trail several times, and in opposite directions, on different days of the year, under various conditions.
The book begins by describing geological events that created the Gorge. The spectacular scenery with the modern day trail work help to make it a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are tourists or locals, experienced hikers or newbies. Hikes and walks are seamlessly synchronized with surrounding hikes to build on one another to create several different loops.