63 of the original 73 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway are now open to travel either by motor vehicle (Historic Highway or connecting county roads) or by foot and bicycle (State Trail). Only 10 miles are needed to complete the connection. Below is more information about these ongoing projects that will complete these last 10 miles.
Mitchell Point Segment
The map above shows the five miles that are funded (in green, described below) and the remaining five miles of the State Trail that need funding (in red). Read the 2015 Progress Report that discusses the last 10 miles (and for a larger version of the map).
Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek (in development) - Targeted completion: 2016
This State Trail Reconnection Project is currently underway and is expected to be opened in fall 2016. The State Trail section would connect Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek, allowing trail users to connect to Viento State Park. Read more about the trail designs.
This section of the State Trail includes (see the map
above for locations):
1. Hole-in-the-Wall Falls overlook; which will be a universally accessible trail
2. Warren Creek Bridge
3. Starvation Creek Trailhead; this existing trailhead will be improved as the trail is extended west, with a small plaza, new signs, landscaping and parking improvements area planned
Wyeth to Lindsey Creek (in development) - Targeted completion: 2018
This State Trail Reconnection Project is currently underway and is expected to have construction start in winter 2016. The State Trail section would connect Gorton Creek Trailhead at Wyeth (I-84 near milepost 51) to Lindsey Creek. It is a major undertaking including a trail around Shellrock Mountain on top of the existing bin wall, a 500’ Summit Creek Viaduct (bridge over land), and the Lindsey Creek Bench Cut.
This section of the State Trail includes (see the map above for locations):
4. Shellrock Mountain Crossing; impressive engineering is required to hold back Shellrock Mountain and squeeze in a trail behind the existing wall protecting Interstate 84.
5. Summit Creek Viaduct; a new viaduct is needed to connect the abandoned highway sections. The viaduct will blend with the Gorge’s natural landscape and the design detailing will draw upon the iconic structures found along the Historic Highway.
6. Mossy Road; a thick carpet of moss currently blankets the old highway. This beautiful section of the old highway will be reconnected and restored as a trail.
7. Lindsey Creek Bench Cut; rock blasting will be required to create space for the State Trail. The rock cuts and a new stone wall will help the trail blend in with the surrounding landscape.