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The Dalles Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"Unique views of the eastern gate of the Columbia River Gorge can be had here, but more importantly, you can immerse yourself in the natural desert world that Lewis and Clark encountered as they passed along the Columbia. This route leads hikers past a picturesque waterfall and through fields of wildflowers—including white biscuit root, yellow bells, salt-and-pepper lomatium, chokecherry and serviceberry, and a plethora of mock orange. Horsethief Lake State Park, also known as Dalles Mountain Ranch State Park, offers great experiences in the desert country east of the Columbia River Gorge."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
This is a trail that starts out with a gentle climb and ends with brutal climb for the last half mile or so. Beware that you must leave the main road at about the one mile point and that break off trail is hard to spot. It also requires that you open a cattle gate of barbed wire. The land is Washington parks land but feels like you are tresspassing on private property. You will shortly cross the creek from west to east and travel up towards the ranch house (museum) that can be seen in the distance to the left. The trails is not often traveled and when we went had areas that where thigh high.
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