Tom McCall Preserve (photo by Adam Sawyer)

Tom McCall Preserve Wildflower Hike with Adam Sawyer

A special wildflower hike in the Columbia Gorge with guest leader and guidebook author Adam Sawyer.

Level: Moderate
Distance: 3.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Special Guest Leader: Adam Sawyer, author of Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland
Location: Columbia River Gorge east of Mosier (carpools depart from Portland)

Join special guest hike leader Adam Sawyer on this beautiful spring wildflower hike in the 271-acre wonderland that is the Tom McCall Preserve. The plateau is in a transition zone between the moist, heavily forested west side of the Cascades, and the dry prairies of the east. This location provides an amazingly diverse array of plant life and geological features. In early spring wildflowers such as balsamroot, lupine, and red paintbrush wash over the landscape with Technicolor brilliance. The trail gently ascends through meadows of wildflowers before switchbacks steepen the final mile up to the peak. The reward at the top is a sprawling meadow, complete with open views of the gorge, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams.

More about Adam:
Adam Sawyer is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, guide and published author based out of Portland, Oregon. He wrote as the Portland Hiking Examiner for and authored the bi-weekly column Portland Family Outdoors for Craigmore Creations. In addition to online writing for Travel Oregon, Red Tricycle, and Tillamook Coast, his work has appeared in Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Journal, Canoe & Kayak and Backpacker Magazines. He was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio Show for its duration and now serves as a sponsored athlete for the company. He is the author of the guidebooks Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, and the co-author of Hiking Waterfalls in Washington, all for Falcon Guides. Adam is also a professional guide, giving tours that include the Epicurean Excursion for Portland Walking Tours and the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine tour for Evergreen Escapes.

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Photo by Adam Sawyer.