Lyle Cherry Orchard

April 10, 2021

Today we did the Lyle Cherry Orchard hike. It’s been four years since I last did this hike so it was nice to revisit.

The weather was a mix of sun and clouds as we headed up the trail:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Bi-colored cluster lily:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lupine:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

There is this nice meadow early on in the hike where panicled death camas bloom this time of year:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

The slope above us was covered in balsamroot:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

The oaks hadn’t leafed out yet:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

A weird day for weather, with sun and clouds at the same time for much of the day:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Greg admiring the view:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

The trail traverses that big balsamroot slope we saw earlier, although it has been re-routed from it’s previous alignment since I was last here. This stretch is quite scenic:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Passing through some oak forest:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Ballhead waterleaf:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

We reached a junction where the trail has been re-routed again. Now there is a lollipop loop at the end of this hike instead of the trail ending. There’s a viewpoint looking east upriver where we have traditionally stopped for a break, but it was SUPER windy and we didn’t even stop for a picture. We¬† hurried on for the protection for the trees:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

I have no idea what this line of posts is for:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

On the way back at the top of the descent we could see rain coming our way. Fortunately it passed by to the south and we didn’t get rained on:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Back down through the balsamroot:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Tiny Greg on a big viewpoint:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

We walked back through the death camas meadow. Note the balsamroot on the slopes beyond:

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Lyle Cherry Orchard Hike

Beautiful hike, but SO MANY PEOPLE. We saw more people on the trail today than we have on all our previous visits combined. The trail re-route takes you through the balsamroot far more than the previous alignment so I think that has a lot to do with it. Not to mention that there are still some closed trails from the Eagle Creek Fire and people are looking for other places to go.

Gaia stats: 5 miles, 1,100′ elevation gain