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Event ID: 250996 Event Status: On Schedule
Event Description

Level B 5 miles RT 1000 foot elev gain The Lyle Cherry orchard is 5 miles round trip elevation gain is 1000 feet a very good view of the Columbia river. This little-known gem of a hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge offers spectacular views of the Columbia River, amazing spring wildflowers and an old garry oak forest of gnarled old trees. This stunning preserve is owned by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge and tops out in an old cherry orchard with a few surviving trees. The cherry orchard part is sweet, but the way to it is even sweeter. Start your hike at the unmarked trailhead just east of the tunnels near the town of Lyle. There's a parking area to the north. The first quarter mile of trail are quite steep, but once the views begin, you may not notice the incline as much. Within a half-mile the Columbia River reveals itself fully and stays with you as you climb through a diverse meadow of wildflowers (in the spring): death camas,grass widow, larkspur, glacier lilies, shooting star, locoweed and balsamroot to name a few. At about 1.5 miles, enter a garry oak forest and meander upward until you reach a junction with a dirt road. Head to the right to find the remnants of the old cherry orchard and more views over the Gorge. Friends of the Columbia River Gorge Founder Nancy Russell purchased several parcels in the early 1990's to form what is today the "Cherry Orchard". Many of the parcels were purchased from longtime Lyle resident Rex Bullis. As Nancy explored the property, she found the remnants of an old cherry orchard on the eastern boundary and named the property for its agricultural history. The trail was built in 1992. Nancy passed away in 2008 and the land was donated to the Friends of the Gorge Land Trust in 2009. As part of the Gorge Towns to Trails project (GT2T) the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge are working with the National Park Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program to convened a local group of stakeholders to craft a vision for this property and adjacent Washington Department of Natural Resource lands. Ideally the land trust would like to see a trail connection from its land trust lands into the community of Lyle. This would provide local residents with easy access to the trail system. No parking pass required. This hike is also Dog friendly. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash, bring water for your animal, and be able to transport your pet. The weather forecast is sunny with a high of 60 Check with the leader for questions Michael e mail please

Event Details
Event: Hike - Lyle Cherry Orchard Dog Friendly Members: Free
Where: Lyle Cherry Orchard Columbia Gorge area Non Members: $3.00
Address: n/a Meeting Place: Fischers Landing Transit Center
Location Website: n/a Meeting Address: 164th Avenue
Meet Loc Website: n/a Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Location Phone: n/a Parking Cost: $0.00
Start Date-Time: 04/17/2018 - 9:00 AM Reg. Deadline: 04/17/2018
* End Date-Time: 04/17/2018 - 2:00 PM PrePay Required: Due at Event

Event Leader:
Michael Grossnickle
Contact Leader

Location (More Detail)
Event Location: Lyle Cherry Orchard Columbia Gorge area
Address: n/a
Meet At: Fischers Landing Transit Center
Address: 164th Avenue

Skill Level: Moderate    

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