The 17th Annual GPNDG
July 31st — August 3rd, 2008
Maryhill State Park, WA (near Biggs, OR)

N 45° 40.881'     W 120° 50.207'

Rolf Vitous, with the shadowy oversight of the WetLeather Secret Cabal,
and the able assistance of Pete Moss, has volunteered to BOSS
the 17th GPNDG at Maryhill State Park, WA

Last updated: 04-Aug-2008

Photos from the 2008 event:

Brett P 129 http://picasaweb.google.com/vexicon/Gather2008
Ann G 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/anng/sets/72157606540544458/
bjet 377 http://iambjet.photoshop.com/
Dave M 15 http://www.cyclepsycho.com/wlstuff/gpndg2008/gpndg2008.html
Brian P 211 http://picasaweb.google.com/bdpoppe/Gather2008
Rolf (da BOSS) 24 http://picasaweb.google.com/deToucan/Gather08
St. Carl 16 http://picasaweb.google.com/cpaukstis/GPNDG2008
Lee H 174 http://leehart.com/2008-08-03/
Art E 27 http://picasaweb.google.com/Byteguy6744/Gather200802
Catfish 87 http://picasaweb.google.com/motocatfish/Gather08Trip
Joanna M 50 http://picasaweb.google.com/jldmoss/GPNDG2008
Jim H 107 /http://blackdogandmagpie.net/galleries/index.php


Maryhill State Park is a 99-acre camping park with 4,700 feet of waterfront on the Columbia River in Klickitat County. The area is significant for its natural beauty, its access to the surrounding natural wonders and its cultural history. A full-scale model of Stonehenge stands near the park.

Maryhill State Park was acquired by lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1972 at no cost. Sam Hill, considered a local eccentric, built a "castle" for his daughter, Mary, on a hill, and named it "Maryhill." He designated the beautiful building, originally designed as a family home, as an art museum before the end of its construction. Mr. Hill built a full-scale partial replica of England's famous Stonehenge one mile from the state park. [Unfortunately, when Sam Hill copied Stonehenge he didn't get it oriented like the original, with respect to the compass]. Both Stonehenge and the Maryhill Museum of Art are open to the public.

Excellent paved motorcycling roads abound in this area, including Rock Canyon on the Bickleton-Mabton road, WA 142 along the Klikitat River, the backroads up through Glenwood, Trout Lake and on up to Mt. St. Helens. On the Oregon side of the river are the network of roads bounded by Mt. Hood on the east, Redmond and John Day on the south, La Grande on the east, and the Columbia River on the north. Hardly a bad road among the bunch, and some truly memorable stretches in there with excellent 'character' and great scenery. Bring your camera, and watch your speed — Oregon has stupid-low speed limits on rural roads...

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The MAIN SHELTER where we will prepare and serve the meals: The GROUP CAMP: The BATHHOUSE AT GROUP CAMP (shared with tent campers) The BATHHOUSE AT SWIM BEACH: The PARK itself:


Safety Information:

Area Manager
Head Ranger
(509) 773-5007
(509) 773-5007
(509) 773-5007
Klickitat County Sheriff 911 for emergency
(509) 773-4547
Washington State Patrol 911 for emergency
(800) 283-7805
Klickitat Valley Hospital
Goldendale, WA
(509) 773-4022
Medic 1 or Ambluance
Goldendale, WA
911 or
(509) 773-6000
Forest Fire Reporing
(Dept. of Natural Resources)
(800) 562-6010