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Lyle Cherry Orchard
The promise of warm sunshine on the south-facing slopes on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge sounded irresistible.
The eight-mile loop hike east of Lyle was a beauty.
I extended the hike by following game trails and old roads on the high ridges above the Columbia River.
And, I got lucky, the upper hillsides were covered in the golden flowers of balsamroot.
Stopping at the site of the long-removed cherry orchard, I ate a snack and enjoyed the views. I had lost count of the many varieties of colorful wildflowers spotted along the hike.
A very nice way to spend a day.