Cottonwood Beach & Columbia River Dike Hike

Hike Distance: 7.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1294.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 260 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 135304 feet

Quite the gorgeous day, so I decided to head out to the Columbia River Dike area.  It was a very windy day, which helped cool things down!  I started by visiting Cottonwood Beach.  I followed the beach much further east than ever before, given the water level was so low.  After completing my hike on the beach, I walked the Columbia River Dike as far east as possible, which is to a fenced area with a locked gate.

Heading back west, I took the Gibbon’s Creek Wildlife Art Trail, which will close for the season on October 1, and won’t open again until May 1st.  It’s a wonderful trail and was well worth one last visit before closing.  Traversing the Gibbon’s Creek Trail allowed me to do a small loop around to the dike trail.

I also spent a bit of time trying to assess the Columbia River Gorge, since the wildfire was effectively put out by last week’s rain.  I couldn’t only see a small region that looked charred, but was too far away.