Mt. Hood view from the Agency
Columbia River Gorge View
Sunset on the Columbia
The Columbia downriver from White Salmon
These are stock postcard style photos of the gorge but give you some idea of what it is like. Hood River which is directly across the river from our office is world renowned for surfboarding and kiteboarding-- because the Columbia River flows in the opposite direction as the wind. Hood River is also home to vast pear, apple and cherry orchards so organic fruit is readily available and inexpensive. There are also numerous vineyards and wineries in the area. And supposedly the largest pear orchard in the world in White Salmon.
Mt. Adams is on the Washington side of the gorge up behind our office while we are facing Mt. Hood on the Oregon side. Mt. Adams is a pristine wilderness area-- the entire mountain is owned by the Yakima tribe and is part of their extensive reservation lands.
Assorted Gorge pictures ...
Click on Larch Mountain and see the 9 snow capped peaks visible from elevations in the gorge.
There are 77 waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side alone Multnomah falls is the largest
Bridge of the Gods was built at the site of an ancient natural bridge that spanned the Columbia and was wiped out in a large slide centuries ago. Native Americans still catch and sell wild salmon in this area.
Notice the strange Stonehenge structure, a replica of the site in England. It is near the large Maryhill Museum which has an extensive international collection.
If you come to visit Skamania Lodge is a great resort in the gorge with spectacular views from the dining room. The Inn at White Salmon is furnished completely in antiques.
This site by Friends of the Columbia gorge emphasize the preservation of nature. There are strict land use planning laws in the gorge. It also has photos of some of the wild flowers here. There are hundreds of flowers that grow here that grow nowhere else in the world. This is partly because of the unique topography from river level to mountain flowers like avalanche lillies and from wet woodlands like Gifford Pinchot national forest to dry grasslands and high desert within a few miles of each other. There are many small ecosystems. Rainfall diminishes by over one inch per mile as you go from the western end of the gorge at Stevenson east to The Dalles and Maryhill. So you can pick the climate you prefer.