The Little Seven Seven Ranch is a family owned ranch located 12 miles east of the Hood River Bridge, in the Columbia River Gorge. The ranch land is within the Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed the old fashioned way, producing grass fed beef. The ranch sells grass fed Quality Highland Beef throughout the United States. Firewood customers have orders delivered throughout The Columbia River Gorge and beyond.
The story of the Little Seven Seven Ranch is a story of western land and western commitment to ranching, respecting animal health and welfare. Highland Cattle are a beautiful and ancient breed. The L77 produces top quality beef with the welfare of the cattle as a top priority.
The Little Seven Seven Ranch is an excellent setting to raise Highland Cattle naturally. A variety of grasses, brush, shrubs and other forage create a “bio diverse” diet that contributes to the distinctive flavor and tenderness of the beef. This environment, along with the ranch’s pure bred herd of Highland Cattle, is ideal for producing a flavorful beef. High protein and iron and a higher concentration of long chain Omega 3 type fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats make this a healthier product for the consumer.
The name “Little Seven Seven” comes from the shape of the two original sections of land that made up the ranch, each shaped like a block number seven, one on top of the other and running a total of two miles north to south and two miles east to west. The ranch brand is L77, and the ranch is known locally as “The L77”.
Those two original sections of land are in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and were owned by the State of Washington from the time of statehood in 1889. In the early 2000’s, after over 120 years of ownership, the State traded this land to timber companies and allowed logging. The L77 bought this property and over time adjacent land and other ranches have been added. Today The Little Seven Seven Ranch covers over 1600 contiguous acres, almost all of which is in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
The ranch is managed in order to create a healthy and productive forest, excellent grazing areas for the herd of Highland Cattle and a natural environment for the dozens of other species that have called this land home for hundreds of years. Mountain lions, bobcats, bears, squirrels, deer, elk, wild turkey, heron, ducks, hawks, eagles, owls are some of the more prominent inhabitants.
The lower portion of the ranch is at an elevation of about 800 feet above sea level, rising to 2400 feet at the northern end. This change in elevation creates a significant temperature and precipitation difference; in the winter the north end may experience heavy snowfall while the lower areas have rain or mist or sun. The grass at the lower elevations is ready for grazing weeks ahead of the meadows that are above the 2000-foot line, due to warmer temperatures at lower elevation. This is classic mountain ranching, with the cattle starting off the grazing season in April at the base of the ranch and working their way north with the growth until the snow flies in November.
The ranch has views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River and the hills of the Gorge across the river in Oregon. Many of the ranch’s neighbors are vineyards The wineries Domaine Pouillon, Syncline, Memaloose and COR Cellars are very nearby. http://www.wineriesoflyle.com
As the land is cared for and the health of the meadows and forests are restored, the beauty of the ranch creates a wonderful setting to raise cattle naturally, on the range fed by native grasses and forage.