Sevenmile Hill Wildflowers

In Search of Wildflowers in Columbia River Gorge

One of my favorite spring outdoor activities is wildflower hunting. During my time in California I would go to Carrizo Plain, or Henry Coe, or one of many Bay Area parks to photograph and document the wildflower bloom.

Now, as a resident of Oregon, I have a lot to learn. Where can I find wildflowers? When do they bloom? What flowers are native vs invasive? In an effort to educate myself I headed up to Columbia Hills state park in Washington a few weeks ago, but found myself a little ahead of the bloom. After giving it a few weeks, I decided to go back this weekend and explore the Oregon side of the gorge between The Dalles and Hood River. I stopped in three spots and had great success!