A Cool, Sunny Hike through an Historic Oak Savannah


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Weldon Wagon Road

Finally, the rain was abating with an opportunity for a sunny day.

I drove in the early morning to the Weldon Wagon Road trailhead near Husum north of the Columbia River Gorge.

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. In the springtime the grasslands will be peppered with the colors of early wildflowers, but those days are several months away.

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

On the way back down the old wagon road I stopped many times to enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. Hood and the upper cliffs along the Columbia river.

Beautiful scenery and history to be experienced – – –  it made one feel great to be alive.

Mt. Hood

Many fallen Oak leaves

Pleasant stretch of trail

Fog covering the Husum area along the White Salmon River

Old Oak tree

Upper trailhead

The old wagon road going up to the upper plateau

Calypso Orchid (taken on an earlier hike on the same trail during the springtime)

 

 

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