Rowena Crest and Tom McCall Nature Preserve Hike
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
On Saturday, March 10th 2012, Ramona and Larry drove up the Columbia River Gorge to do a short “get back in shape” hike near Rowena Oregon. We chose the Rowena Crest area at the Tom McCall Nature Preserve, overlooking the Columbia River.
This is a short hike with some spectacular views of the Gorge. Its still early in the season so most of the flora was still “winter brown”, so we would recommend late April/early May if you decide to try this hike. We lucked out – it rained all the way from Portland to this destination, stopped just before we got there, and we only got a couple sprinkles the whole hike. Once we left, and got back on the interstate, it rained HARD the rest of the way home.
The trail is well marked, and there are ground-flowers on the sides, so be careful and stay on trail. The deer however do not heed this warning. We saw a small herd of 20 does/fawns, who were used to people, as we got pretty close for the pictures you’ll see below.
This hike is about 70 miles east of Portland (we took exit 69 headed east on I-84). I’ve also included a GPX file, the GPS track I recorded.
Larry & Ramona
GPX Link & Map
Category : 2012 Hikes