Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2014 Edition

Hike the Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail
Lyle, Washington
7 mile hike, 1,069' elevation gain
February 2, 2014

Nearby areas of interest:
The Klickitat Rail Trail
Memaloose Hill trail
Catherine Creek
The Convict Road Trail
Dougs Beach State Park

Miles hiked= 67.96; Total elevation gain= 4,662'
2013 Totals: 246.55 miles, 59,412' elevation gain
2012 Totals: 367.58 miles, 101,161' elevation gain

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Were were out here in 2012. Pictures of that hike are 2012 and 2013.

The Memaloose Hill Trail segment of this hike is HERE.

GETTING THERE: Cherry Orchard Trailhead: I-84 east to Exit 64/Hood River. Cross the
Hood River Bridge to WA SR-14 and turn right/east. Continue past the town of Lyle, WA
and look for the parking area just past the tunnel on your left/north side of highway.

The turn out is 2 miles from the center of Lyle. If you go past Dougs Beach State
Park, you've gone too far.

When you get to this sign, which is just up the hill from the trailhead, go left
to travel the Convict Road. The Convict Road trail is fairly easy and level although
you have to navigate a lot of rock slides. The road goes for two miles and ends in Lyle.

Turn right and go up-hill to get to the Lyle Cherry Orchard. This trail is about 2 1/2
miles and is well worn although deciding which forks to take can be a challenge.
Basically, you want to take the choices that either go "up" or East. You really
can't get "lost" up here, per se... but you could easily wind up going West and
into Lyle instead of staying on the trail.

This is what the beginning (or the end) of the Lyle Convict Road looks like as
viewed from about 1/4 mile along the Cherry Orchard Trail.

Cold but dry dead of Winter day out here in the Gorge. Was out eagle watching
earlier in the morning. It's a long drive from Portland so a short hike to the
Cherry Orchard seemed like a good idea.

This is a new monument. It's for Rex Huntington Bullis
April 15, 1917 - January 1, 2012

Interesting since we were here the day he died.

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge Founder Nancy Russell purchased several parcels
in the early 1990s to form what is now the "Cherry Orchard". Many of these parcels
were purchased from longtime Lyle resident and rancher Rex Bullis.

Finished the day off with a nice kung pao lunch at the Gorge Panda.

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