A Beautiful December Day at Memaloose Hills


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Columbia River Gorge

The Memaloose Hills lie east of the little town of Mosier, Oregon. It is across the Columbia River from the Catherine Creek Recreation Area.

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

Looking down the Columbia River Gorge from Memaloose Hills

In early December there were no wildflowers, but it was a fun day to be hiking nevertheless. There was sunshine, 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.

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.

Trail to higher of Memaloose Hills

Oregon White Oak

Mt. Hood in distance

Bear sign and Balsamroot

Higher Memaloose Hill from lower one

Mature Ponderosa Pine growing in the Oak Savannah

A hazard of hiking – – – smash-and-grabbers!

 

 

 

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