Lyle Cherry Orchard
Eastern Gorge, Washington
The Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail starts at the east end of the parking area, against the rocks. The trail starts climbing immediately. About 1/8 of a mile up, you will come to a sign-in box and trailhead sign. This land is owned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust.
The trail continues to climb up a small draw. After about a mile, the trail splits: the westward trail takes you to a beautiful bench, and the eastward trail leads you up a steep climb with switchback to the cherry orchard and summit. This trail passes a seasonal pond, then comes to the dirt road. Turn right and pass an old homestead site and grassy area. Not many trees have survived in the orchard, but some can be found at the eastern edge of the property. NOTE: Watch out for ticks, even in late winter and early spring!
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 tunnel on your left/north side of highway.