The Kreps Family owns a large cattle ranch north of Bingen, Washington. They are kind enough to open their property to hikers. I had heard about challenging hiking trails in the area from others and was looking forward to trying them myself.
On the first Saturday of spring, and with the promise of some sunshine, I drove to the trailhead. It’s located at roughly 400 feet above sea level near the White Salmon Hospital.
I had some hiking notes describing a 8.7 mile lollipop loop passing over the summit of 2,300-foot Burdoin Mountain. And, what a fine hike it turned out to be. The first western bluebirds of the year were spotted, along with six blacktail deer and many early wildflowers.
The summit area was relatively flat and mostly open. The views encompassed Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the Columbia RIver Gorge stretching from the Hood River Bridge far to the west. But, it was still chilly on the summit ridge.
The western sides of the Douglas firs were covered with hoarfrost. Even with no wind, my face and hands quickly became numb. After taking many photographs, I continued on the trail to the west. Soon I was back in the protection of the trees and descending to the trailhead.
Truly an enjoyable adventure. I’m looking forward to returning in the fall when the hardwood leaves are in their splendid atumn colors.