City of White Salmon is a beautiful, rural town situated on the bluff
overlooking the Columbia River. The views from the City of White Salmon
are quite spectacular. From the bluff looking south one can see the
Columbia Gorge as well as the truly majestic Mt. Hood. Looking northeast
one can catch a glimpse of Washington's Mt Adams.
Taking its name from the
nearby White Salmon River, the City was named by the Lewis and Clark
Expedition when they observed the river teeming with salmon whose color
had turned white after spawning.
The phrase "The Land Where
The Sun Meets The Rain" is often used to describe the climate in and
around White Salmon. The City of White Salmon is located in a transition
zone between the marine-influenced climate west of the Cascade Mountain
range and the dry continental climate of the inner-mountain region. The
Columbia River Gorge serves as a conduit for the differing air pressures
on either side of the Cascades, resulting in major wind patters. The
transition zone typically results in westerly winds in the summer and
chilly easterlies in the winter.
The area's relatively mild
climate and location combine to offer visitors and residents a
recreation paradise. Hiking, camping and biking opportunities are
abundant throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Adams
area. Water enthusiasts can windsurf on the Columbia or take a rafting
or kayaking trip on either the White Salmon, Little White White Salmon
or Klickitat Rivers. In the winter, downhill skiing is available at
nearby Mt. Hood and cross country trails are maintained throughout the
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
near Trout Lake.
In general, the area's
farms, orchards, gardens, cattle, llamas, logging mills, fishing and
hunting provide a special and diverse way of life for local residents.
If you decided to become a neighbor instead of a visitor, you'll be in