Friday, May 5, 2017

On the Tom McCall Point Trail

Exploring the Pacific Northwest

I have written about hiking out on the Rowena Plateau, but there is another trail on the opposite side of Old Route 30 that offers a bit more diversity and challenge--the three mile round-trip walk to the top of Tom McCall Point.  It's a steady climb to the top. (Note:  Currently the last half-mile of the trail is closed for maintenance.)

Because it is closed during winter, we hiking enthusiasts look forward to its opening in Spring, especially with the added bonus of wildflowers. The meadows are lush with green grass.  The shrub oaks, deformed and stunted by the fierce gorge winds, are still bare and spooky.  But . . .oh . . . those sweeping views of the Columbia River and basalt cliffs.  Not only will it get your heart pumping, but I guarantee it will make your spirits soar.

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