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2012 Edition

Hike the Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail
The Convict Road Trail
Dougs Beach State Park
Lyle, Washington
7 mile hike, 1,069' elevation gain
February 11, 2012

2012 total miles hiked= 37.7; Total elevation gain= 7,087'

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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.

And the trailhead parking turn out below.

You immediately start seeing some nice Gorge and Columbia River views.

And eagles!

This section of the road probably looked pretty good 100 years ago, before all of
the rock slides and cave-ins. There are several large retaining walls like this one
along the way.

Pretty windy up here....

The view of the start (or the end) of the Convict Road from higher up.

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