Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Columbia River Gorge

We spent a day in the Columbia River gorge recently, but only had time for some exploring on the Washington side of the gorge.  The Oregon side, equally beautiful, will have to wait for another trip.  Though we visited three or four different locations we spent most of our time at Dog Mountain, climbing to the top of the mountain for some spectacular vistas of the Columbia River.  There were plenty of wildflowers and orchids, too, and we had a wonderful but tiring day.  The hike was over seven miles with 2800 feet of gain in elevation, but worth the effort.



along the trail

Forktooth Ookow

Threadleaf Phacelia

 Columbia Windflower

Oregon White Oaks


Striped Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

 Phantom Orchid

Mount Hood

 Spreading Phlox

 Cow Parsnip

 Western Coltsfoot

 Sword Fern

 Nine-leaf Lomatium

out of the forest

Columbia River and Wind Mountain


Two-banded Checkered Skipper

 Arrowleaf Balsamroot


 Rock Penstemon


Columbia River and Wind Mountain

 Arrowleaf Balsamroot

 Cow Parsnip



 Spreading Phlox


Paintbrush and Balsamroot

unidentified insect

Small Milkweed Bug


the view east


Arrowleaf Balsamroot

 Puget Balsamroot, I think


 Death Camas

 Farewell to Spring

 unidentified shrub

Forktooth Ookow

 guttation on a polypore

Red Columbine

near Husum

 Seep-spring Monkey-flwoer

 Catherine Creek

 Harvest Brodiaea

 Paper Onion