Hike Distance: 6.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 353.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 624 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 39374 feet
We’re going to babysit our grandchildren tonight and tomorrow, so we needed to be close to home since they’ll be dropped off at about 4:30pm. Needing a different kind of hike we decided that The Strawberry Island hike, in the Columbia River Gorge, would be perfect.
There was plenty of snow to be seen in the Gorge, and it was well above us in elevation. The snow always adds a nice splash of beauty to the mountains. 🙂 The wind was significant, but there plenty of areas to temporarily escape it. Being a nice day, the crowds were surprisingly missing, and that pleased us!
We parked at our usual location, across from the Chevron gas station, which is just off Hwy 14. Our hike was basically a counter-clockwise loop around Strawberry Island. We added a lot of side trails, to increase the mileage, and get different views. The views during this hike are nothing short of stellar, and plenty of photos were taken. There are also plenty of benches for sitting and just absorbing the beauty.
Strawberry Island is definitely underutilized, and affords an escape from the large crowds that clutter this National Scenic Area. We highly recommend visiting, and it’s extremely family friendly. 🙂