There isn't a lot in this area, and I could see for a long way during my drive in. There were three other cars at the trailhead and I did see a few people on this hike, but I got the impression that it's an area with a low amount of visitors.
|On the drive into the area, it was flat land for miles around.|
The hike was awesome and the area is gorgeous! The trail started in a field of grasses rippling in the wind and gradually climbed onto the bluffs. From the bluffs, there was a view of the Columbia River and also of Saddle Mountain in the distance. Most of the trail was sand and it was windy much of the time, so I ended up covered in sand by the end of the hike. I did see one snake stretched out across the trail. I gave him some space and took a few pictures of the surrounding area while I waited for him to crawl off the trail.
My favorite part was the sand dunes. Seeing sand dunes in person has been on my bucket list for a while, and I appreciate that we have some small ones in my own state and that I didn't have to go somewhere like the Sahara! Walking on and photographing the sand dunes was challenging because of all the blowing sand. I had to keep my back to it and walk backwards or sideways. The trail did continue through the sand dunes, but I turned around here so my hike was only four or five miles instead of seven.
While the somewhat desolate location might not appeal to everyone, I had a great time here and want to come back. I feel as though it's a unique area and offers the opportunity to see scenery that can't be found in many other places in the state or the Pacific Northwest.
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