Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2014 Edition

Hike the Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail
Lyle, Washington
7 mile hike, 1,069' elevation gain
April 12, 2014

Miles hiked= 167.93; Total elevation gain= 14,079'
2013 Totals: 246.55 miles, 59,412' elevation gain
2012 Totals: 367.58 miles, 101,161' elevation gain

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This has become an annual adventure. Pictures of previous hikes: 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Memaloose Hill Trail segment of this hike is HERE.

GETTING THERE: 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 the tunnel on your left/north side of highway.

The turn out is 2 miles from the center of Lyle. If you go past Dougs Beach State
Park, you've gone too far.

When you get to this sign, which is just up the hill from the trailhead, go left
to travel the Convict Road. The Convict Road trail is fairly easy and level although
you have to navigate a lot of rock slides. The road goes for two miles and ends in Lyle.

Turn right and go up-hill to get to the Lyle Cherry Orchard. This trail is about 2 1/2
miles and is well worn although deciding which forks to take can be a challenge.
Basically, you want to take the choices that either go "up" or East. You really
can't get "lost" up here, per se... but you could easily wind up going West and
into Lyle instead of staying on the trail.

This is what the beginning (or the end) of the Lyle Convict Road looks like as
viewed from about 1/4 mile along the Cherry Orchard Trail.

Long day. Rode out to Memaloose Hill and then did the Rowena Crest to Tom
McCall point hike before getting to the Lyle Cherry Orchard. Didn't get home
until 8:30.

Here's a little better picture of the memorial for the dead guy. Rex
Huntington Bullis,

The three surviving cherry trees up here are in bloom.

Eloise told me to bring two cute little elephants to add to the geocache up

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