Thanks so much for the info, Doonaran! It makes the place all the more special, having it connected to the actual individuals and families who have lived and worked there.
This was shot about 2/3 of the way up Beacon Rock. The lower end of Pierce Island is in the foreground. Nesmith Pt. (3872 ft.) is the summit on the far side of the Columbia. On this particular late-December afternoon in 2012, a good sized sea lion was feeding in the channel between the island and the near bank.
One thing about the Gorge that you appreciate much more on the Washington side than from Oregon is how abruptly the Mt. Hood flood basalts on the Oregon side drop into the river. They go from thousands of feet in elevation right down to dozens along fall lines of just a half mile or so, and their visual impact is only truly felt from the Washington side of the river. Of course, in a different way they're pretty dramatic from the top of Nesmith, Wauneka or Munra Pts., too.
From foreground to background: lower end of Pierce National Wildlife Refuge; Ives Island; Columbia River main channel; US Interstate Hwy. 84 between Portland, Pendleton, OR and Boise, ID; lower shoulder of Wauneka Pt. (up to approx. 2000 ft.); Munra Pt. (1,800 ft.); lower shoulder of Tanner Butte (from approx. 2600 ft. to 4000 ft.) This is the end of December, 2012.
Roger that, Kenn. The first four miles or so from the Macks Canyon TH downriver are fairly rugged in some places, so you'd want to be in shape. After that, it pretty much turns into a BLM access road you could drive most of the way, and is a popular mountain bike trail. There's great info on the Portland Hikers Field Guide Web site, if you browse under Eastern Oregon Hikes; it's in the first group, Columbia River Area, and it's worth reading people's trail reports for various times of year. I wouldn't want to go much later in the summer than we did, mid-June, due to the heat. Winter might be a bit drab, but the area is popular that time of year for people heading east of the Cascades for a break from the rain. The wildflowers are reportedly gorgeous in spring.
Thanks, Christos! That's great compliment from such an accomplished photographer. :-)
October 14th, 2012, and the first termination dust was appearing above the treeline on Mt. Hood, whose peak just appears through the cloud cap above the center of the photo.
This was taken October 14, 2012, and the colors were still coming on.
Very nice photo L+F
Topographical nomenclature gets a bit confusing in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. The name "Goat Rocks" refers foremost to the range of peaks running along the ridgeline from Old Snowy Mountain to Gilbert Peak, but it also refers to the central collection of spires along that same ridge. Go figure.