Columbia River Gorge West, April 2016

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Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to head to the Gorge to see wildflowers popping so off we went.  We started on the west end and moved east over the weekend.  We had the typical west side early morning cloud bank but off to the east blue sky was beckoning.

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The west end of the Gorge is lush and wet, and full of waterfalls.  Being close to Portland it’s also close to tons of people.  On a nice weekend they are out in droves.  It was a nice weekend.  Parking was difficult at the trail heads, but the waterfalls and wildflowers were beautiful as ever.

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Latourell Falls

 

Camas
Camas

After the especially large crowd at Multnomah Falls it was time to move a little eastward.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

Most hikes in the Gorge provide a lot of vertical relief, and with that comes views and it also leaves 90% of the crowd behind.  Now we’re talking.  The wind was whipping on top of Mitchell Point in typical Gorge fashion, but oh what a view.

Mitchell Point
Mitchell Point

That pretty much concluded our west end explorations for the day.  Plenty of waterfalls and a good hike on day one.  We headed past Hood River and on to day two….

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