Columbia River Gorge bumps
I got into Vancouver around noon and was short on time but wanted to get outside, so I decided to hike up a couple of the local bumps that I'd seen so many times, Wind Mountain and Aldrich Butte.
I followed the driving directions on
to the Wind Mountain trailhead. Despite being an unofficial trail (not on any of my maps), it was a good trail complete with three signs near the top about the indian pits on the summit. It has nice local views from the summit, an excellent short hike. On the way down around 1,150' on the NE side of Wind Mountain I followed a bootpath off of the trail that lead a short way down to an attractive, exposed little butte projecting from the side of the mountain.
After returning to my car I drove over to the road that runs along the NW side of Greenleaf Slough. I parked on the road before it crosses the powerlines and jogged and hiked up the road to the top of Aldrich Butte. The road would be easily mountain biked. The very summit of Aldrich Butte was a little mysterious with its stairway to nowhere and the concrete monolith. It's odd that a fire lookout was built on such a small peak.
approx. 2,235 feet
Carson, Bonneville Dam
Columbia River Gorge, Southern Washington Cascades
2 hours 24 minutes
1 hour 2 minutes driving there from Vancouver (Fischer's Landing) to Wind Mountain trailhead
28 minutes ascending from Wind Mountain trailhead to summit of Wind Mountain
30 minutes descending from summit of Wind Mountain to Wind Mountain trailhead
29 minutes ascending from Aldrich Butte trailhead to summit of Aldrich Butte
21 minutes descending from summit of Aldrich Butte to Aldrich Butte trailhead
Little butte on NE side of Wind Mountain
Wind Mountain trail
The mysterious summit of Aldrich Butte
Table Mountain from summit of Aldrich Butte
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.