This week Poncho and I got off the porch and into our back yard, figuratively speaking. As we are children of western North America, anything within 200 miles (322 kilometers) is our backyard. We are located a relatively short distance from many hiking trails in the Colombia River Gorge. The Gorge has many dramatic vistas and view points from these trails.
The weather was fantastic for a hike and the Cape Horn Trail was the one we chose to explore. While it is about seven miles long we only hiked for about two hours, or about three miles in, but we did get to see some lovely vegetation and some magnificent scenery. From 1 February to 15 July a significant portion of the trail is closed for Peregrine Falcon nesting.
But our itinerary wasn’t affected by the close. We struck a leisurely pace and often went off on small spur trails that lead us to other less seen but equally spectacular views. We ended up at Tipping Tree viewpoint. A Doug Fir, that at some point tipped over in what had to have been a strong wind storm, yet still clung to the butte and to life. It was impossible to get the whole tree in one camera frame without stepping off the ridge, but the size of the tree can be gauged by the root ball.
For those interested here is a link regarding the Cape Horn Trail.