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Lyle Cherry Orchard

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One of the cherry trees in full bloom (Steve Hart)
Looking east toward The Dalles (Steve Hart)
Pioneer cherry trees (Steve Hart)



One of the earlier attempts at agriculture in the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge was a cherry orchard perched on a hilltop east of Lyle. The orchard has been abandoned for decades and now thanks to the generosity of the landowner, hikers can visit the area.

It's hard to say how many trees were originally here, but only three still survive. These are very old, broken trees and the fact that any are struggling at all is impressive. The trees typically bloom in early April, with leaves and a bit of fruit following. This is a kind of private, contemplative place. The old broken, yet surviving trees seem somehow to link us to a past time, when the hill was more heavily used. The people are gone, the business is gone, yet for now, the trees survive, refusing to give up on a world that has passed them by.

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