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Huge swaths of golden wildflowers in bloom. Death camas lining the lower trail.
Ospreys, ravens and red-tailed hawks riding the thermals near the towering rimrock cliffs, looking for the next meal to catch.
A few colorful butterflies among the flowers. Buttercups blooming among the white oak trees above the cliffs.
The remnants of a stretch of old road chiseled out of the cliffs, a short-lived experiment to use convicts for construction work a century ago.
The trail ending at a large grassy meadow more than 1,000 feet above the Columbia River. In the early 1900’s it was the site of a cherry orchard.
Throw in a beautiful, sunny day and you have the recipe for a truly grand hiking experience.
Osprey and Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Wild Lilies (Cluster Lily and Panicled Death-camas)
Lupine and Big Root