April 12, 2020
5 Wildflower Hikes for Soaking up some Sun
By: Mary Pellegrini
Wildflowers will start popping up across the landscape in the Hood River Valley and the Columbia River Gorge. Spring wildflower hikes are a Gorge specialty you won’t want to miss, so plan your wildflower weekend now.
This trail begins in the town of Mosier, follows Mosier Creek up the hill, through a pioneer cemetery, onto the Mosier Plateau. This trail is part of Gorge Towns to Trails project, a comprehensive trail system that wraps around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation. The trail was completed in the summer 2013 with numerous partners and volunteers. Enjoy!
Catherine Creek Area
Parking is on the north side of WA14 where you can pick up trails for longer hikes and more great wildflower and bird viewing. Catherine Creek Trail #4400 is a one mile paved trail with great views of the Columbia River on the south side of WA14. Catherine Creek Arch (1.9m) and Catherine Creek Labyrinth (5.5 miles) trails can be picked up here.
Rowena Plateau Loop
This easy stroll provides stunning views up and down the Gorge. In late spring, the balsam root and other wildflowers are abundant. You can't talk about the Rowena Plateau without talking about the Tom McCall Nature Preserve. The Nature Conservancy has worked to preserve the fauna and flora here. Starting in spring, volunteers lead interpretive hikes.
A hike to the top of Bald Butte is a great choice for an early season hike in the Upper Hood River Valley! A wonderful display of Mt Hood National Forest wildflowers, Lupine, Balsam Root, Indian Paintbrush, to name a few, covers the hillside from mid-April through June.
Sevenmile Hill Trail
2 mile loop trail located near The Dalles, about 30 miles from us, features beautiful wild flowers
You’ll have stunning Columbia River Gorge Views on these trails, through open grasslands, vernal ponds and oak woodlands. Bring your camera.
As spring turns into summer then fall the upper elevation wildflowers take over the show. Watch for another blog post highlighting them.
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Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like. We now have EV and Tesla Chargers for guest use.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Area, offering multi-night packages and access to discounted lift tickets. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.