Drizzle and fog, light rain and low-lying clouds, and more drizzle – – – a fairly common outlook in late December.
Several days after the winter solstice I drove to the Cape Horn Trailhead in the western Columbia River Gorge.
Like the Angel’s Rest hike on the south side of the Columbia River Gorge, Cape Horn is the first trail on the north side of the Gorge with some reasonable elevation gain.
The first few times I hiked the 7 1/2-mile loop trail it was very rough and not well marked. Thanks to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, these days the Cape Horn trail is a gem.
The trail provides much variety and even features a walk in front of a misty waterfall.
But, did I mention that I didn’t see one other hiker? It’s amazing the amount of solitude one can enjoy near Portland.
May all of you have the happiest of holidays.