A Mid-Winter Hike on the East Side of the Columbia River Gorge


Two varieties of colorful wildflowers in bloom.

Twelve blacktail deer sleeping or feeding near the trail.

Ravens and red-tailed hawks riding the thermals near the towering rimrock cliffs, looking for the next meal to catch.

Pretty blue skies seemingly stretching forever.

The remnants of a stretch of old road chiseled out of the cliffs, a short-lived experiment to use convicts for construction work a century ago.

It was the first weekend of February.

The seven-mile loop hike east of Lyle was a beauty.

Stopping at the site of the long-removed cherry orchard, I ate a snack and enjoyed the views.

A very nice way to spend a day.

Sunshine highlighting fresh snow on the summit of Mt. Adams

Sunshine highlighting fresh snow on the summit of Mt. Adams

Hikers on the cliffs

Hikers on the cliffs

A nice sign for the trail

A nice sign for the trail

A young Blacktail Buck

A young Blacktail Buck and his friends

A pond on the lower plateau

A pond on the lower plateau

Salt and Pepper Parsley

Salt and Pepper Parsley

Grass Widow

Grass Widow

Lower section of the trail

Lower section of the trail

Several Blacktail Deer that I spooked from their beds

Several Blacktail Deer that I spooked from their beds

A section of the old convict road

A section of the old convict road

Young Blacktail Deer

Young Blacktail Deer

Rimrock cliffs

Lichen-colored cliffs

Reflections in a pond

Reflections in a pond

Hikers heading up the cliffs

Hikers heading up the cliffs

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Great pictures John!

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