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Skamania Lodge offers the “Wildflowers & Waterfalls Discovery Series Tour” for experiential spring getaways


Stevenson, Wash. – (April 18, 2008) – Skamania Lodge, an all-season mountain resort nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, announces the “Wildflowers & Waterfalls Discovery Series Tour” packages, offering guests an active and experiential getaway with one-of-a-kind wildflower and waterfall viewing opportunities. 

The “Wildflowers & Waterfalls Discovery Series Tour” package features guided hikes to breathtaking locations for wildflower and waterfall viewing on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.  Available for arrival on Friday nights, guests who book the package will have lodging accommodations in a Superior Forest View guest room for up to two adults and two children.  Guided hiking tours will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include round trip transportation to the trailhead and a late morning snack and beverage.


Guests may choose from the following hikes, each traveling to different viewing locations:

Catherine Creek

Available dates: Saturday, April 26 and June 7  

Known as one of the prime locations for wildflower viewing on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, Catherine Creek is the home for the area’s basalt cliffs, oak woodlands and sweeping meadows.  The hike will include a three and a half mile loop trail that gains about 350 feet in elevation.  Rated moderate in level, this popular hike offers views of sweeping vistas, a natural arch rock formation and a wide array of wildflowers in bloom.


Tom McCall Point and Rowena Crest Overlook

Available dates: Saturday, May 3, May 24 and June 21

A preserve jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy, Mayer State Park and the National Forest Service, Tom McCall Point and Rowena Crest Overlook is a premier location offering spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge, surrounding Cascade summits and a vast variety of wildflowers in seasonal bloom.  Rated at moderate level, the hike is a round trip, three and one fourth mile that gains 1,000 feet in elevation.


Columbia Hills and Horsethief Lake State Park

Available dates: Saturday, May 5, May 10, May 31, June 14 and June 28

Guests will travel through Washington State Park, which contains some of the oldest Native American pictographs (paintings) and petroglyphs (carvings) in all of the Northwest.  A special 90-minute guided tour with a Washington State Park Service Ranger will lead participants through the renowned “She Who Watches” pictograph trail.  Participants will view sacred Native American rock images considered valued artifacts today.    


            “Our property is surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area,” said Scott Spann, general manager of Skamania Lodge.  “We are excited to offer this package, giving our guests the opportunity to experience first-hand all the natural treasures nestled in Skamania Lodge’s backyard.”


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