©Janice Lorentz
©Janice Lorentz

Lyle Cherry Orchard

Western 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.

Watch out for ticks in late winter and early spring!

Trail Map

Driving Directions

Lyle Cherry Orchard Trailhead: Cross the Hood River Bridge ($1 toll). Head east on WA Hwy 14 and travel about 11 miles into the town of Lyle. Continue past the town of Lyle and look for the gravel parking area just past the tunnel on your left/north side of highway.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: Out and Back
  • Length: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Restroom Facilities: No
  • Fees and Regulations: None

Features:

  • Beautiful Views
  • Friends Land Trust Property
  • Wildflowers

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain

Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,500 ft. elevation gain

Strenuous: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain

Expert: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain

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Contact Information

Credits

Trail maps are courtesy of NWHiker.org. Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of Portlandhikers.org.