Hiking Mosier Plateau Trail

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Wildflower season is upon us and when I read of this new trail that promised wildflowers, a waterfall
and a view, I knew I had to hike it. Despite the warnings about ticks from other hikers (Mr. N did make it out without any ticks but Sage wasn’t as lucky).Sage and Mr. N went for a pre-hike at 1000 Acres with their new Dalmatian friend, Riley. Then after a quick lunch in Hood River, we headed to Mosier. It’s easy to miss the trailhead (which we did), watch for the bench by the side of the road once you cross the bridge.

We passed by an old cemetery with gravestones dating back to the 1800s. Then Mosier Creek Falls.

Wildflowers were abundant especially heading towards the top. According to Portland Monthly, you can find 30 varieties of flowers including yellow balsamroots, lupines, purple bachelor buttons, and pink corydalis.

 

The trail opened in 2013 and is rated as moderate, a 3.5 mile out and back trail. I didn’t find it particularly steep or strenuous but there is very little shade so not the best trail for a hot day. Both dogs were panting a bit so we had frequent water breaks.

Once we got to the top, the view was stunning. Yellow wildflowers dotted the landscape and you could see the world in miniature including the Columbia River and the town.

Mr. N says he prefers to hunt lizards than look at wildflowers.
Mr. N seemed to appreciate the view too although I made sure I had a very tight grip on his leash.

Mr. N noticed four hawks circling above us. Unfortunately, my phone had died by that point so I didn’t get any pictures but they were quite the sight. Even though I think they were angling to try to eat Mr. N. He does not appreciate predators trying to eat him. I suppose he does look like a fluffy bunny from that distance…

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  1. Emma

    April 17, 2015 11:15 am

    That looks wonderful and love you with the pretty yellow flowers. We are finally starting to get green around here, but it will be a couple weeks for the flowers to start appearing.

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  2. Beth

    April 18, 2015 12:52 am

    What a great place to hike! Such beautiful pictures. Barley is terrified of birds of prey–and after an owl attacked my friend's pony tail while she was running, I always worry one will swoop down and try to grab the white tip of Bar's tail as it waves back and forth! We're still not quite to wildflower weather, but I'm hoping we can see some soon!

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  3. Janet Keefe

    April 18, 2015 9:04 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous view, and the flowers are amazing! Mr. N and Sage are the only dogs I know that do a pre-hike before a hike! And I'll bet Mr. N still wasn't tired! LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    • Jack

      January 30, 2016 4:04 pm

      A lot of terrific spot for their hike! These types of amazing shots. Barley is certainly fearful for fowls for prey–and once some sort of owl bitten my best friend's pony tail despite the fact that your sweetheart was initially functioning, I always fear an individual could swoop affordable together with endeavor to snap up any bright white point for Bar's tail simply because it swells backward and forward!

      baby follow

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  4. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    May 10, 2017 6:30 am

    Wow! The views are breathtaking – absolutely gorgeous! It sounds like a great hike, and definitely well worth it, with that view at the end. Glad you guys had such a great time!

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  5. Kamira Gayle

    May 10, 2017 10:08 am

    This place looks very peaceful and serene. Why does the mountain top with the yellow flowers remind me of the musical “The Sound of Music?” LOL The hills are alive with the sound of muuuuuusic!! Thanks for sharing this latest adventure with Mr. N.

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  6. Beth

    May 10, 2017 5:20 pm

    What a beautiful place to hike! We used to have to watch our Yorkie in area that had a lot of birds of prey. A few seemed to give her serious consideration, but none of them actually tried to carry her off. I think that my Maltese is just as vulnerable.

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  7. FiveSibesMom

    May 10, 2017 10:42 pm

    What beautiful photos and Mr. N. you sure do look very handsome among the wildflowers and up above that gorgeous view! That trail sounds like a fun one to hike. I love history and to think about who all has passed through there and the graveyard since the 1800s! Thanks for sharing you great adventure with us!

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