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Weldon Wagon Trail Hike
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Map of Weldon Wagon Trail Hike

Length: 7 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1340 feet
Season:   Late winter thru late fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
Permit:   Pass Not Required

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Weldon Wagon Trail is a bit removed from the Columbia River Gorge, but it is well worth the short drive from SR14 north on route 141 to the little community of Husum. When you enter Husum, you will see a sign indicating the need to turn east on Indian Creek Rd. which will lead you to the trailhead.

This wagon road was constructed for the purpose of transporting agricultural products from the surrounding highlands to the valley below and on to markets. The trail crosses the White Salmon Oak NRCA (Natural Resources Conservation Area), which includes 315 acres containing one of the larger and remaining forests of Oregon White Oak. The idea is to preserve the environment of the area to resemble its appearance prior to settlement.

In the spring this little hike is exceptionally great. Late April and May allows you to enjoy the spring display of the beautiful balsamroots and lupines. The area is just remote enough that you are likely to see deer, hawks, and other wildlife which only adds to the enjoyment of this special place.

Near the summit of the trail, you will be treated to excellent visitas of Mt. Hood to the south in the state of Oregon. Then the trail enters a rather dense wooded area before breaking out into the eastern access trailhead. One can approach this hike from the east via Sanborn Road. However, to me, it was much more fun doing the climb from the Husum side.

Weldon Wagon trail
Weldon Wagon trail

How to get there:

Cross the Hood River Bridge ($2 toll). Head west onto WA Hwy 14. Drive 1.6 miles and turn right onto Highway 141 ALT. Continue 2.2 miles and turn left onto Highway 141. Go 4 miles to Husum. Turn right, before crossing over Rattlesnake Creek/Bridge, onto a gravel Indian Creek Rd. Drive 0.6 miles. Bear left onto Indian Cemetery Rd. Then continue for 0.3 miles to a 4x4 road and sign marking the Weldon Wagon Trail.

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