Type of HikeDay hike
Was told about this hike last year, but after the spring bloom, so saved it for this year. Picked a nice, sunny Sunday and the rewards were huge! Trailhead very easy to find, right on the corner of Hwy 14 and Courtney Rd, about 3 miles east of Bingen (across from Hood River). First portion of hike along base of wall shady and cool. No trail issues. Lots of little spring color: buttercup, candyflower, cluster lily; trillium on the decline. Middle portion up Courtney and Atwood Roads clear; back on trail and in the shade, lots of blue buttons and fairyslipper. Emerging onto the top of Coyote Wall offered huge views of Columbia River Gorge east and west, and across to Mt. Hood. Carpets of balsamroot everywhere; lupine on top just emerging, but a little lower down very prolific. Trails all in good shape, but lots of junctions in this area, known as "the labyrinth;" kept to edge of wall most of the way down; sheer drops - use caution. Beautiful hike. Added to our "faves" list. There is poison oak in the area, as well as ticks. Be aware.