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Drala Meditation Hike: Lyle Cherry Orchard


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Drala hikes are monthly contemplative community hikes open to all!

Join us for a Drala Hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge just east of Hood River. We’ll hike up to a bench where the trail opens out to beautiful views of the Columbia River. From there, the trail climbs through a host of spring wildflowers, open fields, gnarled oaks, and ends at the remnants of an old cherry orchard. We will be combining hiking with meditation and observing noble silence.

We hike in noble silence while contemplatively attuning and engaging the senses in the phenomenal world around us. Hikes of all levels are offered with family-friendly events available. Drala hikes are open to everyone, but no dogs please.

Hiking difficulty (strenuous):
Distance: 5 miles out and back
Elevation gain: 1500 feet

What to Bring:
Appropriate footwear, water, lunch, a hat, sunscreen, raingear/windbreaker, gas money for the driver, and (optional) a kneeling pad or something to sit on for occasional stops for sitting meditation. Be prepared for any kind of weather as it can be windy, wet, or quite sunny.

Meeting time: 9 AM
Meeting location: Portland Shambhala Center
Return time: Easily by 5 pm
Total drive time: About 1.25 hours each way
Hike leaders: Aletha Eastwood and Jay Stevens