Crawford Oaks Trail


The Dalles Mountain Ranch area is a favorite destination of mine in the early spring. I usually hike to the top of Stacker Butte while parking above the old ranch buildings.

Now there are some interesting trails below the Dalles Mountain Road accessible off Highway 14 at the new Crawford Oaks parking area.

As icing on the cake, there is a tall waterfall only one-half mile into the hike.

It’s always fun finding a new place to explore.

Orange-margined Blue Butterfly on a Buckwheat flower

A beautiful Acmon Blue Butterfly on a Buckwheat flower

Horsetheif Butte

Horsetheif Butte

Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake (or is it a rattler?)

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

Blue Butterfly

Boisduval Blue Butterfly puddling

Flower

Milk-vetch

Pleasant creek

Pleasant creek

Blue Butterfly

Boisduval Blue Butterfly

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Meadowlark

Meadowlark singing its distinct song

Waterfall

Waterfall

Butterfly

Ochre Ringlet Butterfly

Monkeyflower

Monkeyflower

Cluster Lilly

Cluster Lilly

 

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2 comments

  1. Gorgeous pictures!!! I’ve got to get myself east of the Cascades so I can witness the wildflower show.

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