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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Oregon"
Includes ... Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail ... Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead ... John B. Yeon State Park ... Mosier Twin Tunnels ...
Image, 2014, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail near Tooth Rock. View looking east. Image taken June 5, 2014.


Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail ...
"The Historic Columbia River Highway was designed by Samuel Lancaster and constructed between 1913 to 1922. Its purpose was not merely to provide an east-west transportation route through the Columbia River Gorge, but to take full advantage of every natural aspect, scenic feature, waterfall, viewpoint and panorama. When bridges or tunnels were designed, they stood by themselves as artistic compliments to the landscape. The Columbia River Highway served millions of travelers and became one of the grandest highways in the nation. When transportation needs required faster and larger roads, sections of the old highway were bypassed. By 1960, a new interstate highway had replaced nearly all of the older road. The four-mile stretch of old highway between Hood River and Mosier, including the Mosier Twin Tunnels, was closed, filled with rock and abandoned. In the 1980s, new interest in the old scenic highway began to resurface. Lost sections of highway were identified, unearthed and studied for potential renovation. Some portions of the original route were covered by I-84 when it was built. An ambitious restoration began with the removal of rock from the Mosier Twin Tunnels. Restoration took several months. When workers were done, several surprises were unearthed, such as graffiti dating back to 1921 (when drivers were snowbound for several days). By The highway is owned and maintained by ODOT; the state trail is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. In 2000, the highway was designated a National Historic Landmark, and in 2002, the state trail was designated a National Recreation Trail."

Acreage: 259.9


Source:    Oregon State Parks and Recreation website, 2015.


[More Historic Columbia River Highway]


Along the State Trail ... (west to east)

  • John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks ...
  • McCord Creek ...
  • McCord Creek to Moffett Creek ...
  • Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek ...
  • Tanner Creek ...
  • Toothrock ...
  • Eagle Creek ...
  • Eagle Creek Staircase ...
  • Cascade Locks ...
  • Starvation Creek to Viento Creek ...
  • Hood River to Mosier ...
  • Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead ...
  • Mosier Twin Tunnels ...
  • Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead ...


John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks ...
John B. Yeon State Park is a jumping off point for the western end of a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. This biking/hiking section is 6.5 miles long and connects Yeon Park to Cascade Locks. The trail passes McCord Creek at 0.33 miles and then Moffett Creek in another 1.3 miles. From there the trail proceeds to Tanner Creek, Eagle Creek, and on to Cascade Locks.

Image, 2014, John B. Yeon State Park, click to enlarge
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Trailhead, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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Benchmark at trailhead, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken June 9, 2014.
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail at John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon. Image taken June 9, 2014.


McCord Creek ...
In 2013 a 1.6-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opened between John B. Yeon State Park and Moffett Creek. The new bridge over McCord Creek was dedicated in September 2013.

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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, John B. Yeon State Park to McCord Creek. Image taken June 9, 2014.
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McCord Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 9, 2014.
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McCord Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 9, 2014.
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, McCord Creek to John B. Yeon State Park. Image taken June 9, 2014.


McCord Creek to Moffett Creek ...
In 2013 a 1.6-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opened between John B. Yeon State Park (McCord Creek) and Moffett Creek. This segment makes it now possible to bike or hike on a dedicated path from the John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks.

Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek ...
The Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is 1.3 miles long and crosses the original Tanner Creek HCRH bridge.

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Sign, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek. Image taken June 5, 2014.


Tanner Creek ...
The Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is 1.3 miles long and crosses the original Tanner Creek HCRH bridge.

Image, 2014, Tanner Creek drainage, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway bridge at Tanner Creek. View looking west. This bridge is now a part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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Historic Columbia River Highway bridge at Tanner Creek. View looking west. This bridge is now a part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 5, 2014.


Tooth Rock ...
[More]

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Toothrock Trailhead sign, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail near Tooth Rock. View looking east. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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Stonework wall, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail near Tooth Rock. View looking northeast. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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"Eagle's Nest", Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail near Tooth Rock. View looking northeast. Image taken June 5, 2014.
Image, 2014, Bonneville Reservoir, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, click to enlarge
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Bonneville Reservoir as seen from the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail near Tooth Rock. View looking upstream. Image taken June 5, 2014.
Image, 2014, Interstate 84, Bonneville Reservoir, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, click to enlarge
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Westbound Interstate 84 as seen from Toothrock, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. View looking upstream. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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Toothrock Tunnel Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 5, 2014.
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Toothrock Tunnel Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken June 5, 2014.


Eagle Creek ...
The Eagle Creek Bridge was once part of the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH). Today the bridge, along with the Toothrock Tunnel located just downstream, is one of the few places of the HCRH being used by Interstate 84. The Eagle Creek Bridge part of the off-ramp from Interstate 84 heading east to the Cascade Fish Hatchery, Eagle Creek Campground, and various trailheads. The concrete-arch bridge is faced with stone and was the only HRCH bridge to be built that way. A nice addition for weary early travelers is a "sitting area" built into the downstream side of the bridge.

Image, 2006, Eagle Creek Bridge, click to enlarge
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Eagle Creek Bridge, Oregon. Upstream side. Image taken September 16, 2006.
Image, 2006, Historic Columbia River Highway, Eagle Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway, Eagle Creek, Oregon. Looking west. Image taken September 16, 2006.
Image, 2006, Eagle Creek Bridge, click to enlarge
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Sitting area, Eagle Creek Bridge, Oregon. Image taken September 16, 2006.


Eagle Creek Staircase ...
"When the old Historic Columbia River Highway was reopened as a trail in 1996, some of it was just missing. Trail builders used a variety of techniques to connect the sections. Here, east of Tooth Rock, a large section of the road and the rock beneath it was blasted away to provide an approach to the new Tooth Rock Tunnel in 1937. The new highway surface is about 40 feet lower than the old. Trail builders had to resort to a staircase to link to two section together. Bicyclists will need to get off and walk, but a guideway has been provided beside the stairway to facilitate pushing bikes.

A few feet east of the stop sign at the top of the staircase is a hidden junction with another historic trail. This trail follows an ancient portage road westward over the ridge behind Tooth Rock. It's quite overgrown in places but very easy to follow. It connects with the Historical Columbia River Highway Trail near the Tooth Rock Trailhead. "


Source:    "PortlandHikers.org" website, 2014, Eagle Creek Staircase.


Image, 2014, Eagle Creek Staircase, click to enlarge
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Eagle Creek Staircase, Historical Columbia River Highway State Trail, Eagle Creek, Oregon. Image taken from moving car on Interstate 84. Image taken June 9, 2014.
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Eagle Creek Staircase, Historical Columbia River Highway State Trail, Eagle Creek, Oregon. Image taken June 5, 2014.


Cascade Locks ...
The Cascade Locks to Eagle Creek segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is 2.4 miles long.

Image, 2014, John B. Yeon State Park, click to enlarge
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Trailhead, Cascade Locks, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Oregon. Image taken June 9, 2014.


Starvation Creek to Viento Creek ...
The Starvation Creek to Viento Creek segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is one mile long and connects Starvation Creek State Park with Viento State Park.

Image, 2016, Viento State Park, Oregon, click to enlarge
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HCRH State Trail, Viento State Park to Starvation Creek State Park, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2016.
Image, 2016, HCRH Milepost Marker 58, Viento, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Milepost Marker 58, located along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail heading west from Viento, Oregon. Image taken February 24, 2016.


Hood River to Mosier ...
A 4.6-mile-long section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trial runs between Hood River and Mosier. This trail section is known as the Mark O. Hatfield Trail.

The Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead begins near Hood River and the Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead begins outside of Mosier. The trail passes through the Mosier Twin Tunnels.


Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead ...
Image, 2015, HCRH State Trail, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead, HCRH State Trail, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2016, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Rock feature, at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 6, 2016.
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Seats, at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 6, 2016.
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Sculptures, at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 6, 2016.
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Wildflowers, at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 6, 2016.
Image, 2015, HCRH State Trail, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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"Arrowleaf Balsamroot", Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead, HCRH State Trail, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 9, 2015.


Mosier Twin Tunnels ...
With the construction of Interstate 84, the Mosier Twin Tunnels, once a part of the Historic Columbia River Highway, were closed and sealed. In July 2000, with help of Senator Mark Hatfield, the twin tunnels were re-opened for bicycle and foot traffic, and are now part of a 4.6-mile-long "Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail".

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Enering the Mosier Twin Tunnels, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken September 18, 2005.
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Posing inside the Mosier Twin Tunnels, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Image taken September 18, 2005.


Mark O. Hatfield East Trail ...
From the East Trail, views can be had of the Coyote Wall, Eighteenmile Island, Stanley Rock, and Bingen, Washington can all be had from along the Mark O. Hatfield eastern section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

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Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken September 18, 2005.
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Overlook near the Mosier Twin Tunnels. Image taken September 18, 2005.
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Overlook near the Mosier Twin Tunnels. Image taken September 18, 2005.
Image, 2005, Mosier, Oregon, as seen from downstream, click to enlarge
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Mosier, Oregon, as seen from downstream. View from the Mark O. Hatfield State Trail. Image taken September 18, 2005.
Image, 2005, Eighteenmile Island, click to enlarge
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Eighteenmile Island, Oregon. View from Mark O. Hatfield State Trail, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken September 18, 2005.
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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. View looking east, along eastern part of the trail between Mosier and the Twin Tunnels, heading back towards Mosier. Image taken September 18, 2005.


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