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The Memaloose Hills are west of the Rowena Plateau.
In early spring the area is well known for its colorful wildflowers.
In late December there were no wildflowers, but it felt like a springtime day. Temperatures were in the 40s and sunshine was heating up the grass under my boots.
Deer tracks and black bear sign were commonplace on the trail. At the higher elevations the views were far-ranging up and down the Columbia River Gorge.
In another five weeks the wildflowers will begin to bloom and I will look forward to returning.