In late March my destination was the eastern foothills of the Coastal Mountains.
A 14-mile up-and-down trail travels around Henry Hagg Lake, the impoundment behind Scoggins Valley Dam.
There are five creeks flowing into the 2 1/2 mile long reservoir, providing outstanding habitat for song birds, wildflowers and butterflies.
Early colorful wildflowers were strutting their stuff. And, to my delight, a handful of fairy slippers (wild orchids) were in bloom.
People from all over the world come to the Columbia River Gorge to see fairy slippers in early spring. If you would like to do the same, take the Mitchell Point turnoff from I-84 and explore the area to the west.
In another couple of weeks the orchids should be ubiquitous in the shaded forest duff throughout the central Gorge.
Or, you can follow my lead and enjoy a wonderful hike around Henry Hagg Lake.