Easter hike in the Columbia Gorge

Because we had such unseasonably warm and beautiful weather this year, we celebrated Easter by hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.  I found a “secret” hiking location in this article which, because it’s on private property, is not well-known; as advertised, it was almost deserted, even on such a beautiful weekend, and we didn’t see a single other person during the entire hike (my kind of hike!)  We were hiking in the foothills of Mt. Hood, above the town of Hood River, and the view from the top was unbelievable.

We saw many different kinds of wildflowers, already in full bloom (I wish I knew their names):

wildflowers 1

wildflowers 2

wildflowers 3

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Amazingly, from the summit if you looked one direction, you could see Mt. Adams (look closely and you can even see another mountain in the background, maybe Mt. Rainier):

Mt. Adams 1

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Then turn another direction, and you have this gorgeous view of Mt. Hood:

Mt. Hood 1

I love how all of the farmland is spread out at the foot of Mt. Hood – most of these acres are planted in pear, cherry, and apple orchards, in a month or so, the blooms will be gorgeous!

Mt. Hood 2

We’re walking down off of the bluffs here (if you look closely, you can see us – the tiny dots – near the top of the hill – this gives you some idea of the scale of the panorama!)  This would be the perfect location to re-film the opening credits from Sound of Music:

bluffs

After our hike, we stopped for a much-deserved ice cream cone at a funky little house on Oak Street in Hood River:

Hood River ice cream 1

Hood River ice cream 2

Hood River ice cream 3

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