Since the 1987, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been charged with working with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), the State Historic Preservation Office and Travel Oregon to preserve, enhance and reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Much work has been accomplished since that date; 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. Watch six, short videos to learn more about the State Trail.
Below are the Historic Highway State Trail segments (from west to east).
Between John B. Yeon State Park and Cascade Locks (Interstate 84 exit 44); this segment of the State Trail includes great views of the Columbia River and several waterfalls (including Elowah Falls - pictured above). It is located within the "Waterfall Zone" of the Historic Highway.
Mitchell Point Segment
This segment includes the last 10 miles that need to be reconnected. Currently the only way for bicyclists to continue east from Wyeth is to travel on the shoulder of Interstate 84 (which is very narrow). It is within the Historic Highway "Columbia River Zone." The image above shows the location of the future viaduct (bridge over land) that will allow trail users to travel around Shellrock Mountain, instead of traveling on the shoulder of I-84.
There is one-mile of State Trail in this segment that is open to bicyclists and hikers (Starvation Creek to Viento State Park) and one Reconnection Project (Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek) under construction.
Wyeth to Lindsey Creek (in development)
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.
Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek (in development)
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 Reconnection Project will require one lane of I-84 to be continuously closed for 30 days, near exit 55 in fall 2015. Learn more about construction work in 2015-16 along I-84.
Starvation Creek to Viento State Park
- Hiking and biking from Starvation Creek Trailhead to Viento State Park (1-mile).
- Hiking, biking, and wheelchair accessible from the Starvation Creek trailhead for 1/2 mile east, including Starvation Creek Falls.
- View a detailed map of the Columbia River Zone of the Historic Highway: Cascade Locks to Hood River (PDF, 872KB)
- Parking at:
- Starvation Creek Trailhead
Twin Tunnels Segment
Between the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West and East Trailheads (between Hood River and Mosier); this segment includes over four miles of the State Trail and is located within the Historic Highway "High Plateau Zone."
- Hiking, biking, wheelchair accessible.
- View a detailed map of the High Plateau Zone of the Historic Highway: Hood River to The Dalles (PDF, 872KB)
- Parking and Visitor Station at the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead (Hood River). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department $3.00 day-use fee area.
- Parking at the Senator Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead (Mosier). ADA parking at the gate. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department $3.00 day-use fee area.