McCall Point in late Spring

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McCall Point

Not long after Memorial Day I headed east in the Columbia River Gorge to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint. Basalt cliffs, oak grasslands and interesting trails make it a pleasurable hiking area in the spring.

I headed south through an open, relatively flat area for one-half mile. Then the Trail became serious, gaining 1,000 feet in a little over one mile before reaching the top of McCall Point at 1,700 feet. The views extended for miles up and down the Gorge.

For a challenge I followed game trails and over-grown roads on a three-mile loop back to the Trailhead. After one mile I dropped off the cliffs into a steep canyon, following an old logging road through an oak forest with a few mature Ponderosa pines intermixed.

Eventually, the old roads led to a large talus slope with a rough trail leading back to the plateau. It was so overgrown I decided instead to drop to the Historic Columbia River Highway and ascend  the twisty road back to the parking area. It made for an enjoyable six-mile hike with 1,500 feet of elevation gain.

McCall Point

Cluster Lily

Nearing the top of McCall Point

Western Oak Duskywing Butterfly

Mt. Adams behind the Rowena Plateau and the Columbia River

Old Columbia River Highway leading to the Rowena Plateau






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