The Kreps Family owns a large cattle ranch north of Bingen, Washington. They are kind enough to open their property to hikers.
In early April, and with the promise of much sunshine, I drove to the trailhead. It’s located at roughly 400 feet above sea level near the White Salmon Hospital.
I was looking forward to hiking the 8 1/2-mile lollipop loop, passing over the summit of 2,300-foot Burdoin Mountain. And, what a fine hike it turned out to be. The first glacier lilies of the year were spotted, along with four blacktail deer, a wild turkey, white-crowned sparrows and many early wildflowers.
The summit area was relatively flat and mostly open. The views encompassed Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the Columbia RIver Gorge stretching from the Hood River Bridge far to the west.
Truly an enjoyable adventure. It remains one of my favorite outings in the Columbia River Gorge.