In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, why not plan a hike? There are an abundance of hiking trails in the Columbia Gorge, right in our own backyard. If you haven’t explored this area much, we challenge you to get out doors and do just that! Now is a good time of year to start seeing wild flowers, especially in May. There are many different levels of hiking trails from beginning to advanced, so everyone can enjoy our beautiful area.
Here are some of my favorite trails:
Beacon Rock– Short hike, however, it is steep but the view is worth it!
Bridal Veil– This hike follows a loop trail, less than a mile, that takes you to a number of scenic overlooks of the Columbia River. The path is paved and is nearly level. In the spring the Camas Root with its blue flower covers this area with exceptional beauty.
Multnomah Falls– A little over a mile which breathtaking views of the falls.
Dog Mountain– One of the best hikes to view wild flowers. This is in my top 5 because of the amazing display of flowers, particularly the Orchids. Yes, Orchids! Some of these, like the Ghost Orchid, grow only in a few areas around the country and we happen to be lucky enough to have them near us. The hike does start out very steep, however, it is worth it in the end.
Here is a very detailed and user-friendly site that provides detailed information, so read on and happy trailing!
Let me know what trail is your favorite…