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Chenoweth Tableland

Wasco County, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge (USFS)

Fees: none

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 380'-800'

Current status (as of 4/13/24): blooming

Notes: There are three ways to access Chenoweth Tableland (a.k.a. Chenowith Rim). The "official" trailhead is off Sandlin Road, on the south side of the plateau. An unofficial (but legal) option is to park next to a small meadow on Chenowith Creek Road (45.6297,-121.2304); follow a faint trail toward the creek and then upstream until you find a place to cross, then follow deer trails up to the normal trail system. You can also hike in via the old school on Irvine/13th Street, but you'll have to walk around a fence covered in "No Trespassing" signs. (It may sound sketchy, but the locals do it all the time.)

Peak wildflower bloom at Chenoweth Tableland is typically from late March through April into late May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until mid-June.* (In 2024, things are running a little later than usual.)

Typical year:

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.