March through June - by advance registration...call to reserve your space at 503-349-1323.
What to See:
This magnificent preserve is one of the premier wildflower viewing locations
in the Columbia River Gorge. A vast variety of beautiful flowers
offer a wide array of blooms through April, May, and June. The
preserve is jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy,
Mayer State Park the National Forest Service. Volunteer naturalists
(arranged by The Nature Conservancy) are likely to be on site
and available to answer questions.
What to Do:
A 3¼ mile round trip hike which gains 1,000 feet in elevation. This trail (rated moderate) starts fairly level and climbs steeper and steeper as you approach Tom McCall Point. This trail can be slippery when wet, but those who endure will be rewarded with sweeping views of The Gorge and surrounding Cascade summits.
How to Prepare and Be Aware:
This location can be windy, and beware of poison oak, rattlesnakes (rare), and tics. Socks and long pants are recommended.
Just bring a windbreaker, walking shoes, your camera and a smile ... leave your worries behind as we experience the natural beauty and explore the treasures of The Gorge!