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Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

Southwest Washington

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WTA Member

 

 

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Hiked Apr 6, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free

My wife and I drove our RV to Columbia Hills State Park. Since the park campground is first come first served during April and May, we went to the campground first and secured a camp site. There are eight RV camp sites and two were occupied. We had lunch at the camp site and drove to Crawford Oaks Trailhead. It is nice that there is a RV parking space at this trailhead.

We started hiking up the entry road. We saw balsamroots blooming. In about one mile we crossed Eight Mile Creek then we chose to go right on Vista Loop Trail. As we gain elevation, we saw more flowers, including balsamroots, lupines, largehead clovers, phloxes. When we came to the trail junction with Military Road Trail, we met a local lady who asked us about clovers. I answered the location and status of clovers (full bloom). We chatted for a while and went separate ways. She mentioned that we chose a good day to hike, sunny and warm without usual strong winds. We hiked Military Road Trail back to Eight Mile Creek crossing and went back to the trailhead. The trail is popular with mountain bikers and we saw several of them. We enjoyed sunny and warm weather and plentiful flowers and views of Columbia River and Mount Hood.

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