A Late Fall Hike through Columbia River Gorge History


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Weldon Wagon Road

Near Husum I found the beginning of the Weldon Wagon Road Trailhead. The  2 1/2 mile wagon road was created in the early 1900’s to haul apples from the upper tablelands to the White Salmon River for transportation to markets.

After climbing out of the valley floor, the old wagon road quickly ascended to an open white oak savannah environment. And, to my delight I had popped out of heavy fog into sunshine.

At the end of the wagon road there was some old rusted farm equipment left there to capture a feel for the past.

Instead of turning back I ascended logging roads for several miles to the north. Still above the heavy fog layer, I took a break and enjoyed a snack.

Beautiful scenery, history to be experienced, 9 1/2 miles and 2,200 feet of elevation gain – – –  it made one feel great to be alive.

Above the fog

Clouds above and clouds below

In the fog

Acorns (quality mast for Wild Turkeys)

Mt. Hood

Old farm equipment at upper end of Weldon Wagon Road

Mt. Adams mostly covered in clouds

Oak Leaf

Dense fog in Husum Valley

 

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4 comments

  1. Such an enjoyable hike, John. Your photos are, as always, extraordinary. I especially like the leafless oak in the fog and the full view of Mt. Hood. But every single photo was beautiful, the acorns and oak leaf, fog and clouds. I also enjoyed reading about the old wagon road and its past in the beautiful Husum Valley region. Thank you for taking us with you today.

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  2. I love these photographs, Fog in photos (or on the trail) always gives me a sense of wonder and mystery. What lies beneath it? What will I find as I pass through? Beautiful, John! Thank you!

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