For those of you who have wisely chosen to stay away this past week while the Gorge pounded out its first windy ice storm of the season, I thought we’d share a whip of the tempest.
The sun’s reflection on the ice that coats Rooster Rock’s parking lot.
The effect of that ice. An accident on I-84 that sent rangers scurrying home.
Weather changes quickly in the Gorge. On November 7, our big leaf maples looked like this.
By the following week, the trees sat naked, leaves lodged in snow.
Icicles form at water seeps along the Columbia River Highway.
Trails and bridges are coated with ice . . . and will be slow to thaw in the shadows of the Gorge walls. This is a look at Shepperd’s Dell.
Shepperd’s Dell hourglass waterfall.
The trail at Latourell is closed due to ice, but you can still admire the contrast of the icy falls and the glowing lichen from the lower viewpoint.
When I arrived at Multnomah Falls (not a State Park, but a flagship of the Gorge), two visitors were beyond the fence at the lower pool side (not permitted). While there are many reasons waterfall pools are closed, it is especially dangerous in the winter — water seeps into cracks between columns of basalt rock and then expands when it freezes . . . peeling off slabs of rock and sending them flying onto whatever lies below.