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The Kreps Family owns a large cattle ranch north of White Salmon, Washington. They are kind enough to open their property to hikers.
In early February, and with the promise of some decent weather, I drove to the trailhead. It’s located at roughly 400 feet above sea level near the White Salmon Hospital.
I was looking forward to hiking the 8 1/2-mile lollipop loop, passing over the summit of 2,300-foot Burdoin Mountain.
And, what a fine hike it turned out to be. Sunshine, blue skies, paragliders, fellow hikers, trail runners, mountain bicyclists and some early wildflowers in bloom.
The summit area is relatively flat and mostly open. The views down the Columbia River Gorge stretched from the Hood River Bridge far to the west.
Truly an enjoyable adventure. It remains one of my favorite mid-winter outings.