How many people know the names of all these Gorge features today? Heavy vegetation on the Columbia River Highway blocks our view of many of these iconic features, and modern highway speeds don't offer us nearly as much time to think about what we are seeing.
I always marvel at St. Peter's Dome. I know that there have been those that climbed it, but maybe there are many more, but just not publicly known. I would think it would be a rock climbers paradise.
Charlott on 26th September 2016 @ 7:02am
I don't think the Columbia basalt makes for good rock climbing. But I would love to get to the top. I've been wondering about this peak for years. Thanks for posting it.
Dan Kleinsmith on 26th September 2016 @ 7:29am
Please provide a location for this magnificent wonder.
ralph on 26th September 2016 @ 7:45am
Located just west and south of Viento, a climb.for experienced experts only.
Kenn on 26th September 2016 @ 7:55am
Kenn,I think this one is down the gorge, near Ainsworth, Dodson, Warrendale.
spinsur on 26th September 2016 @ 8:25am
Appears to be a sailing ship just leaving the right side of the picture.
spinsur on 26th September 2016 @ 8:29am
Wow! That is quite the view of Columbia Gorge geology.
Are those rings, levels of Missoula floods?
I have grumbled here many times about trees and brush getting in the way of some great scenes.
Not only do today's photographers miss out on massive falls and sunken forests from backed up waters. They miss a lot of great views, because of dense overgrowth.
When I was a kid, we farmed some ground at Skamania. I would sit on the bank of the Columbia and look across at all the caves and indentations of the rock bluffs on the Oregon side. Despite the steepness of those bluffs, there is now a thick growth covering much of the rock.
I suppose fires used to keep the brush cleared out, and a fire in the Gorge today, wouldn't be a very good happening.
L.E. on 26th September 2016 @ 8:47am
I think the "rings" are different basalt flows. I recall seeing a diagram naming each flow and dating the volcanic event/ source.
Arthur on 26th September 2016 @ 9:02am
These are my favorite Gorge features. I know that people have climbed it in the past, but I've heard it's pretty dicey.
JKG on 26th September 2016 @ 9:06am
Here's a really interesting account from one of the known climbs (with photos):
Admiring from below is plenty for me... :-)
Tom Kloster on 26th September 2016 @ 10:38am
Tom...you neglected to add a link to your own blog about the dome and the barn.
L.E. on 26th September 2016 @ 11:15am
That name evidently morphed to Bishop's Hat. Thanks for the correction.
nels on 28th September 2016 @ 1:54pm