Traveling north on state Highway 141 from White Salmon, there are two routes to Glenwood. Both take about the same amount of time.
The Trout Lake route takes 141 almost to Trout Lake. Turn right on Warner Road, which turns into Sunnyside Road. Drive past the organic farms, cross the White Salmon river, take a left and drive past organic dairies to the bottom of the hill. Glenwood people call this the “bottom of the Trout Lake Hill”. Not sure what the Trout Lake people call it. Take a right and climb the hill. As you climb the hill, you can see Mt Hood to the south.
At the top of the hill is the old Laurel road. This is an old primitive dirt road that cuts across to Laurel.
The Trout Lake/Glenwood Highway, which is mostly a drive through pine and fir trees, is a straighter and wider road than the BZ/Glenwood route but it doesn’t have mileage signs, so, keep driving and you will come to another Laurel road which is marked. You can take this road to cut across the valley to the BZ/Glenwood Highway. It is gravel.
By now, with all these road signs to Laurel, you might think Laurel is an actual place. At one time it was an actual community that even laid claim to a bank. Now, you would be hard pressed to find where there was any resemblance to a community. What you will find is a four corner stop sign, a couple of ranch homes and the little Laurel post office which closed in the 1970’s. It is on private property so all you can do is drive by and look. I talked about it in the BZ/Glenwood Route.
Back to the Trout Lake/Glenwood Highway…..Next stop is the Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
The refuge was established in 1964 and this ranch was purchased for the headquarters. Even in the early 1960’s there was no Trout Lake/Glenwood Highway and access to this ranch was remote.
The headquarters is also the site of the Historic Whitcomb cabin. This old log home originally rested across the valley on the BZ/Glenwood Highway where it was sagging and decaying into nothingness. Refuge management salvaged the home and it has been restored.
Photographer Darlisa Black has captured its beauty.
Back out to the highway and continuing on to Glenwood you are only a couple of miles from town, but you might like to take a right on Cemetery Road and stop at the Mt Adams Cemetery.
If cemeteries can be relaxing this one tops the list. It is peaceful and quiet with benches provided beneath the trees where you can ponder life, gaze at the mountain and listen to the birds sing. Oddly enough, it is even a pleasant place to eat a picnic lunch. It is definitely a community cemetery where families are still able to express their love.
Henry Troh: 1 yr. April 22, 1881
Henrietta Troh: 5 yrs. April 28, 1881
Johanna Troh: 3 yrs. May 5, 1881
Family history says it was diphtheria.
You can either go back to the main road to Glenwood, or you can take Cemetery Road, with 90º turns which eventually comes out at the main road near the Rodeo Grounds.
TO BE CONTINUED.