Wild Turkeys at Burdoin


The Kreps Family, owners of a large cattle ranch north of Bingen, Washington are kind enough to open their property to hikers. The area is beautiful, south-facing, oak savannah with much steep terrain.

Near the end of January on a very foggy morning, I parked at the trailhead and began the a 8.7 mile lollipop loop passing over the summit of 2,300-foot Burdoin Mountain.

Hiking leader extraordinaire Debbie gets credit for bringing this fine hike to my attention.

The clouds were laying at my feet, the sun was shining and the bright white summits of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams punctuated the skyline.

Continuing on the trail I soon spotted about 25 wild turkeys on the move. Like a few blacktail deer I saw, the wild turkeys like the oak savannah habitat.

With weather like this, can it really be mid-winter?

Majestic Ponderosa Pine

Majestic Ponderosa Pine

A wary Wild Turkey

A wary Wild Turkey

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

White Oak trees in the fog

White Oak trees in the fog

My daypack on the summit of BUrdoin Mountain

My daypack on the summit of Burdoin Mountain

A cloudy look down the Columbia River Gorge

A cloudy look down the Columbia River Gorge

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Looking down the Columbia River Gorge after the clouds have burnt off

Looking down the Columbia River Gorge after the clouds have burnt off

The trail (an old wagon road) heading down the mountain

The trail (an old wagon road) heading down the mountain

Autumn colors of Oregon Grape leaves

Autumn colors of Oregon Grape leaves

LBJ (Audubon-speak for little brown jobber)

LBJ (Audubon-speak for little brown jobber)

 

 

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6 comments

  1. wow what an impressive scenery!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. This is one of our favorite hikes in the gorge, despite the clear cut they did last year on part of the trail.

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