Columbia Land Trust’s Mill Creek Ridge Natural Area extends for a stunning 2.3 miles along a ridge that separates the valleys of Mill Creek and Brown’s Creek. The open grassy meadows, which put on colorful wildflower displays in the spring, are interspersed with patches of Oregon white oak woodland. This special place offers a delicate ecosystem of diverse flora, wildlife habitat, strong winds coming off the Columbia River, and spectacular views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
Because of its sensitive ecological nature, please note that the following are prohibited at Mill Creek Ridge: motorized vehicles, horses, bikes, camping, hunting, shooting, and collecting rocks, flowers, plants, or other natural materials. We ask that groups remain smaller than 8 people. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
From the Fred Meyer at the intersection of Cherry Heights Rd. and W 6th St. in The Dalles, head south on Cherry Heights Rd. The Columbia Land Trust property access point is 5.9 miles south on Cherry Heights Rd.
Below is a 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.