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Rattlesnake Rim

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View from Rattlesnake Rim towards The Dalles (bobcat)
Ludwig Skibbe's headstone, Dalles Mountain Ranch (bobcat)

Description

A scramble along this Columbia Hills rim, composed of Columbia River Basalts that were faulted and folded during and after the lava flows, will offer sweeping views across the bend in the Columbia at The Dalles to Mount Hood. Do not cross the fence line that runs up from the Stacker Butte Trailhead as off-trail hiking is prohibited in the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve, a sensitive botanical area. The rimrock here is the site of a rattlesnake den and former ranch owners reported killing "hundreds" of the snakes. The den itself was dynamited by the Reuters, who owned the ranch for 40 years until 1975. However, rattlesnakes are still common here, so watch your step and pay attention to their warnings!

Below the rim, where it meets the eastern gully of Eightmile Creek, you will find the grave of Ludwig Skibbe just after you descend into the oaks. Skibbe (1825-1897) was the brother-in-law of Bill Brune (See the Brune Homestead Site) and came to visit and housesit for a few days. His body was found up in the rimrock and brought down to the gravesite. Since the weather was extremely hot at the time, it is surmised he died of a heart attack from exertion rather than a rattlesnake bite.

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