Mill Creek Ridge Preserve - Columbia Land Trust
Jay Kosa
Learn about our work at Mill Creek Ridge Preserve.

Property Description

Columbia Land Trust’s Mill Creek Ridge Natural Area extends for a stunning 2.3 miles between Mill Creek and Brown’s Creek. The open grassy meadows, which put on a colorful wildflower display in the spring, are interspersed with patches of Oregon white oak woodland, some scorched by fire. This special piece of land offers a delicate ecosystem of diverse flora, wildlife habitat, strong winds coming off of the Columbia River, and spectacular views of Mount Hood.

Because of its sensitive ecological nature, please note: motorized vehicles, horses, bikes, camping, hunting, and shooting are among the prohibited activities at the Mill Creek Ridge. Picking flowers, collecting rocks, plants, or other natural materials are also prohibited, and we ask groups remain smaller than 8 people. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash.


From the Portland/Vancouver-metro area, head east on I-84 E/US-30 E and take exit 83 towards The Dalles. Turn left off the exit onto W 6th St. Take a right onto Webber St and left onto W 10th St. Turn right onto Cherry Heights Rd. The north end of the “cherry stem” extends all the way to Cherry Heights Rd. This point is 5.9 miles south on Cherry Heights Rd from the Cherry Heights and W 6th St intersection in The Dalles.

Google Maps link showing directions from this intersection to the Mill Creek Ridge entry point. There is room to park a few vehicles on the grass at the north end of the entrance, in front of a gate that blocks vehicles from driving up to the ridge.