Memaloose Hills Hike, Oregon 12/27/2018
We went east through the gorge again to the sunny Memaloose Hills, and walked 3.2 miles, 600 feet, through the dormant winter landscape. (Hike #65 for 2018). This area is known for abundant wildflowers in spring.
View north, with a peak at Mt Adams, from the upper trailhead on old highway 30.
Trail up to the lower viewpoint.
Chatfield Hill – our upper destination
Dan heading up Chatfield Hill in the dormant winter.
Same view in springtime….
View to the east and lower viewpoint.
View to the west from the top
Northern view toward Mt Adams
An apple tree and Mt Adams, on the return hike.
Another hiker reported seeing bald eagles at the Dalles Dam, so we drove to the Visitor Center to see them. We walked some of the paths in that area and saw interesting views of the infrastructure, but no bald eagles.
Under the freeway bridge
Looking toward the dam
A dusting of snow in the hills
Mt Hood in the distance
Zooming in – Mt Hood and The Dalles.
Bald eagles should be here
Another westward view in the low winter light.
Driving Landscape Views
I snapped photos from the freeway as we drove back through the gorge. There are great views of our hiking spots on the Washington side of the Columbia River, and I thought I did fairly well at freeway-speed photography!
Lyle Cherry Orchard
The slope above Coyote Wall
Snow dusting the black-fringed cliffs above Cascade Locks
Closer view of Vista House
I knit a star ornament for my friend who has made the costumes for a local production of Mary Poppins, I finally finished seaming the Ivy Cardigan, and I finished another round washcloth.
Mary Poppins Star
Lovely quiet Christmas with family and friends.
My only new ornament – from the Jane Austen Museum in Bath, England.
Viburnum in my garden