Site, Facility, and Economic Assessments
The site is located in south central Skamania County’s Wind River Valley, adjacent to the Wind River Experimental Forest, Government Mineral Springs, and the community of Stabler. It is outside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and at the southern part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. A walk through the site is marked by the distinct contrast between the intimate, mystical enclosure of dark green trees, and bright sunlit openings and meadow vistas. These clearings provide distant views to the surrounding foothills, including an ancient volcano – Trout Creek Hill. Owing to the ancient lava flows, the valley bottom is unusually wide, providing level areas for a multitude of uses.