Hike Distance: 6.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1101.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 539 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 137450 feet
I waited for my wife to get home from work and we decided on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge, for this hot summer day. Strawberry Island is located in the city of Bonneville, and there’s a nice parking area just across from the gas station.
We got out of the car and were hit by the heat but also the wind was stiff. We started by looping around Strawberry Island in a counter-clockwise direction. The views of the Columbia River Gorge are outstanding, and I stopped to take plenty of pictures! What’s nice about this location is that the views are spectacular on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Gorge. Both Hamilton Mt. and Table Mt., on the Washington side, stand out. There are also views of Hardy Creek and the Columbia River!
After going around Strawberry Island we took a lesser used trail that leads to the Fort Cascades area. This area is very interesting as it contains a few relics from the old fort. Not many remnants remain, except for a grave site and some railroad related items (wheels and tracks). There are sign posts that indicate where many of the buildings resided. There area also views of the Columbia River and Bonneville Dam from this trail!
We then headed back to our car and headed home. Two things I didn’t mention: There were plenty of beautiful flowers on the trail, and the blackberries are starting to ripen, and tasted yummy. 🙂 A great choice for a short hike, with plenty of great views!