A Late November Day in Memaloose Hills

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Columbia River Gorge

The Memaloose Hills lie east of the little town of Mosier, Oregon.

In early spring the area is well known for its colorful wildflowers.

In late November there were no wildflowers, but it was a fun day to be hiking nevertheless. There was some sunshine and then rain showers would pass through, and in places there was a cold, gusty wind to deal with.

The oak leaves crunched under my boots as I followed the trail. Deer tracks and black bear sign were commonplace, and later I spotted seven blacktail deer having a snack.

At the higher elevations the views were far-ranging up and down the Columbia River Gorge.

I look forward to returning in several months when the wildflowers begin to bloom.

Blacktail Deer

Memaloose Island in the Columbia River

Acorns among the fallen Oak leaves

Looking down a rainy Columbia River Gorge from the taller Memaloose Hill

Trail passing through the Oak trees

A barge heading up the Columbia River

View from the lower Memaloose Hill

A hint of a rainbow over the Columbia River








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  1. I think the rainbow is awe-inspiring. The blacktail deer is such a beautiful capture of a woodland creature.


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