It was a late winter outing in the Columbia River Gorge. Temperatures in the high 30’s, the promise of another storm moving in, a pretty sunrise and a cool breeze.
The trail, a 8.7-mile lollipop loop, passes over the summit of 2,300-foot Burdoin Mountain. Hiking leader extraordinaire Debbie gets credit for bringing this fine hike to my attention several years ago.
But, back to the beginning. 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.
By the time I reached the summit, the storm was clearly coming in my direction. But, I was still treated to some nice views extending miles down the Columbia River Gorge.
The next several miles was a test in route finding due to snow and fallen limbs. At one stretch I found my way by following the tracks of cross-country skiers. I always enjoy being challenged.
This outing was another good example of why we hike in the outdoors in all seasons.