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Strawberry Island

Combine this hike with the Fort Cascades Loop to get an idea of the history of the Columbia Gorge. Explore the area on the Washington side just downstream from the Bonneville Dam.

Wide open lawns, towering surrounding peaks and views of the Columbia river on this short and sweet stroll.
Driving Directions:

From I-5 South: Take exit for I-205 south, following signs for Salem/Northeast 134th Street. Take exit 27 for WA-14W toward City Center/Camas. Keep left at the fork, following signs for WA-14E/Camas and merge onto WA-14E. Turn right onto Dam Access Road.

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Fort Cascades Loop, Strawberry Island — Jan 26, 2014 — Sunrise Creek
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The town of North Bonneville in the Columbia River Gorge has about 12 miles of linked walking and hi...
The town of North Bonneville in the Columbia River Gorge has about 12 miles of linked walking and hiking trails that it calls the "Heritage Trail System." A map is at www.northbonneville.net/heritagetrailsmap

Looking for sun, and with a weather forecast of reduced east wind through the Columbia River Gorge, we decided to check out some of the Heritage Trails. We started from the "Downtown Station" trailhead in North Bonneville, located across the street from the town's lone gas station/mini mart.

We started with the Hamilton Creek Trail(estimated loop distance 1.25 miles)extending to the west end of the city over the Hamilton Creek Bridge and looping around some neighborhoods while offering stunning views of Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain. Fully paved and over flat terrain, it gave views of salmon restoration work in Hamilton Creek.

We then linked into the Strawberry Island Trail (estimated loop distance 1.5 miles) extending south past the city ball fields and up onto Strawberry Island. The trail travels through beautiful mature oak forests and extensive grasslands out to a point above the mouth of Hamilton Creek where we could see Pierce and Ives Islands and Beacon Rock. This trail is primarily grass track and transits both flat and hilly terrain.

Our third loop linked to the Fort Cascades (Columbia) Trail estimated loop distance 2.5 miles) extending to the east through the Fort Cascades Historic Site. This trail offers views of Bonneville Dam and travels through an impressive Douglas-fir-Oregon white oak forest where we surprised a large herd of elk that included several spikes. At the Fort Cascades trailhead, interpretive signs and a brochure tell the historic events of the Lower Cascades of the Columbia River.

We finally looped back into North Bonneville through the City Park, stopping to watch some disc golf players, and back to our cars. Altogether, we hiked about 7 miles.
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Strawberry Island — Jul 07, 2012 — Weluv2hike.
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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Loved this. It's easy, short and has views of river, wild flowers like crazy and lots of blackberrie...
Loved this. It's easy, short and has views of river, wild flowers like crazy and lots of blackberries. The views of the surrounding mountains are amazing too. Saw a few groups on trail. We started sneezing, allergies..lots of grasses. But is a very beautiful walk.
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Location
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
US Army of Engineers, Bonneville Lock & Dam.
Statistics
Roundtrip 2.8 miles
Elevation Gain 115 ft
Highest Point 150 ft
Features
Rivers
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge, Craig Romano. Mountaineers Books.
Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West #4285

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