The Wonderful Burdoin Mountain Hike in Early Springtime


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.

Great Hound's Tongue

Great Hound’s Tongue

An old Ponderosa Pine standing in a field of Desert Parsley

An old Ponderosa Pine standing in a field of Desert Parsley

Looking down the Columbia River from the summit of Burdoin Mountain

Looking down the Columbia River from the summit of Burdoin Mountain

An Ant on a Yellow Bell (wild lily)

An Ant on a Yellow Bell (wild lily)

Early morning light on Mt. Hood

Early morning light on Mt. Hood

Paraglider way above the Columbia River Gorge

Paraglider way above the Columbia River Gorge

Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Balsamroot

Balsamroot

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Grass Widow

Grass Widow

 

 

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4 comments

  1. GORGEOUS!!! I wonder if wildflowers are appearing in any of the clear cut area.

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  2. Thank you John, this is on the list.

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