5 miles round trip
1100 feet elevation gain
Open all year
A spectacular trail climbs rimrock bluffs above the Columbia River to sweeping views from an ancient cherry orchard at the dry eastern end of the Columbia Gorge. In spring the arid slopes erupt with wildflowers. Although the trail is open all year, avoid the shadeless heat of August and the icy winds of mid winter.
The stark cliffs on the lower portion of this hike were stripped of soil when 800-foot-deep Ice Age floods scoured out the Columbia Gorge 12,000 years ago. Just above that high-water mark, the orchard site remained fertile enough to attract a farmer during the fruit boom of the early 1900s.
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