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A beautiful sunny Memorial Day weekend with little wind.
I drove to the east side of 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. Wild onion, cluster lilies, golden balsamroot and buckwheat created swaths of color on the green plateau.
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 a rough trail up and onto the upper plateau for one-half mile or more.
At a vista point overlooking the Columbia River I took a long break before returning to the trailhead.
The wildflowers and butterflies were truly spectacular, but I also also enjoyed the multiple fence lizards along the way.