CEMETERY VISITS & TOURS
Ekone Ranch is a busy place, and we are unable to accommodate drop-in visitors. All cemetery visits and tours are scheduled with a cemetery steward, so be sure to contact us in advance when you decide to come for a tour or visit.
We’ve compiled some ideas to help you plan for your visit to White Eagle at Ekone Ranch.
Here are some fairly nearby Places to Stay:
Ridgeline Retreat on VRBO is very close and a very cute 1 bedroom apartment, with a horse you can interact with!!!
Hip Camp has some great options for camping, yurts, and RV visits.
Celilo Inn in The Dalles (about an hour away on I-84) sits up on the hill overlooking the river and the dam, with a patio and a pool. During the high season they offer wine tasting tours.
Klickitat River Inn in Klickitat offers suites or a main house accommodation and is located right on the river
Ponderosa Motel in Goldendale has doubles and singles with kitchenettes, and a new wing of rooms. It is locally owned, we’ve heard good things about their breakfast options, and their rates are reasonable.
Quality Inn in Goldendale is convenient and good basic accommodation.
Here are some places to eat along the way:
Loie’s Cafe - open on the weekends at the Maryhill Museum of Art, is a lovely snack stop.
Goldendale Chamber's list of restaurants in town - including D'Avanzo's italian, The Honky Tonk burgers and salads and steaks, Cafe Genevieve, Ayutla's Mexican, Bake My Day
Solstice Wood Fired Pizza, Cafe & Bar on the waterfront in Hood River, OR makes great pizza and has a full menu of salads, soups, pasta, and local brews on tap.
Gorge in the Gorge has some other suggestions for good eats.
Here are a few important tips to help you prepare for your visit:
We are located about 2.5 hours from Portland and about 4 hours from Seattle. It takes just under 30 minutes to reach us from Goldendale, WA, the nearest town. Internet will not work on your phone once you are out here, and cell phone coverage can be spotty. It will feel like you are in the boondocks – because you are!
For tours and visits - please schedule ahead of time and let us know your planned arrival timing, then Text us (206-383-3285) as you are coming through Goldendale to let us know your actual arrival timing, please!
The road out to the White Eagle grounds can be impassable during snow and heavy rain. Vehicles with good clearance can drive it the rest of the time. Come prepared: wear sturdy shoes that can handle seasonal conditions, a hat, and bring a water bottle.
Follow the directions below and Just Say No to the Box Canyon Road route or the Rock Creek Road route. DO NOT USE A GPS navigation system. (It will likely take you the back way on a pretty sketchy road where it is easy to get lost).
From Seattle or Spokane: Take I-90 to Ellensburg, then take the HWY 97 exit South toward Yakima. The hwy will merge with 12 and 82 in Yakima. Turn Right to stay on Highway 97 South at Toppenish and head south over Satus Pass to Goldendale. Please do not be tempted by the GPS shortcut north of Goldendale - come all the way into town.
From Portland: Take I-84 East past The Dalles to Biggs Junction and take Highway 97 North over the Columbia River at Biggs Junction. Follow 97 N for about 10 miles toward Goldendale.
At Goldendale, take the Broadway St exit for Highway 142 at the 76 Service Station & Dairy Queen. Coming from the South, turn Left; it’s a Right turn from the north. This is the last spot with reliable cell phone coverage. If we have asked you to text us on your way, please send your text now - this will help us greet you when you arrive!
Go one block, then take the first left after the drive through coffee station onto Bickleton Hwy.
Continue east for 10 miles (watch for milepost 10) and turn left onto Old Mountain Road.
In approximately 1 mile, the pavement curves down and to the right and crosses at Badger Gulch–follow it across the small bridge to stay on Old Mountain Road.
About 3 miles later, at Ownby Rd, the county road gets rougher. Slow down to 25 mph or less.
In another mile, you’ll see our neighbor's blue 455 house marker on your left and the Ekone Ranch sign on your right—turn right onto Ekone Road. Slow down more to 10 mph or less—there are two speed bumps and two speed dips on this road. You’ll pass our closest neighbors and follow the signs for Ekone for almost 1 mile, to reach the Ekone Valley.
If the pavement ends - you have gone tooooo far - turn around quickly (the road gets really rough) and backtrack about a 1/4 mile to our driveway - Ekone Rd.
If no one is immediately on hand to greet you, park to the left of the stop sign, Do not go on past the STOP sign. The large octagonal building is the Ekone Ranch Lodge. Your White Eagle steward will meet you in the adjacent parking area and caravan up the final stretch of road (another mile) to the White Eagle parking area.