A Sunny Hike through Columbia River Gorge History


Near Husum I found the beginning of the Weldon Wagon Road Trailhead. The  2 1/2 mile wagon road was created in the early 1900’s to haul apples from the upper tablelands to the White Salmon River for transportation to markets.

After climbing out of the valley floor, the old wagon road quickly ascended to an open white oak savannah environment. The grasslands were literally covered in the beautiful wildflowers of golden balsamroot.

At the end of the wagon road there was some old rusted farm equipment left there to capture a feel for the past.

Instead of turning back I followed logging roads for several miles to the north before bushwhacking to the summit of the highest point in the area. Surrounded by small oak trees, pink calypso orchids and light blue great hounds tongue, I took a break and enjoyed a snack.

Beautiful scenery, history to be experienced, ten miles and 2,300 feet of elevation gain – – –  it made one feel great to be alive.

Striped Coral Root Orchid

Striped Coral Root Orchid

Golden Balsamroot covering the hillside

Golden Balsamroot covering the hillside

Bigfoot?

Bigfoot?

Chocolate Lily

Chocolate Lily

Fresh snow on Mt. Hood

Fresh snow on Mt. Hood

Balsamroot

Balsamroot

Dogwood

Dogwood

Trail leading down the hill

Trail leading down the hill

Great Hounds Tongue

Great Hounds Tongue

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Lupine

Lupine

Balsamroot and blue skies

Balsamroot and blue skies

 

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2 comments

  1. So, John, I just have to know. Who/What is the bigfoot in this set of pictures??

    Roger

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