With its southern exposure and open landscape, the Cherry Orchard trail is one of the best early spring hikes in the Gorge. The best times to hike are February through May (with the peak of the wildflowers being mid-to-late April) and September and October. The hike has both great western and eastern views of the Gorge. As you climb hundreds of feet up the hillsides facing the Columbia River, look for river pebbles on the trail deposited here by the Ice Age Floods.
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