Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve

Goldendale, Washington

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This natural preserve managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is a huge 6000-acre area along the top portion of the long rolling hills and ridges known as the Columbia Hills, extending from The Dalles Mountain area westward. Lupine and balsamroot form a solid carpet of color underfoot in springtime, and squadrons of songbirds flit and flutter around you, while majestic raptors—hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures—soar overhead.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This natural preserve managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is a huge 6000-acre area along the top portion of the long rolling hills and ridges known as the Columbia Hills, extending from The Dalles Mountain area westward.

Lupine and balsamroot form a solid carpet of color underfoot in springtime, and squadrons of songbirds flit and flutter around you, while majestic raptors—hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures—soar overhead.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Goldendale
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,350 feet
Top Elevation: 3,220 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hood River
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve

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May 2018