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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

 **Due to the Eagle Creek Fire, the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail is closed from Bridal Veil to Hood River. A six-mile section of the Historic Highway is open from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil. Visit TripCheck.com for the most up-to-date road conditions. Looking for a trail to hike? View a list of nearby hikes to try.**

Since the 1987, the Oregon Department of Transportation has been charged with working with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 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; 65 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). Three miles are in construction during 2017, which leaves only 5 miles needed to complete the connection.
 

Watch six, short videos to learn more about reconnecting the Historic Highway as a State Trail.

View a detailed bike map from Troutdale to Cascade Locks, from Cascade Locks to Hood River or from Hood River to The Dallas.

Trail Segments

Click on each of the segment areas below to learn more about projects and segment features! View a printable version of the different trail segments.

The three zones of the Historic Columbia River Highway include three State Trail segments that are not accessible by car. 
 
Runner on a path
 
Contact Information
Oregon Department of Transportation, Region1
123 NW Flanders             
Portland, OR  97209             
503-731-8232

Between John B. Yeon State Park and Cascade Locks (Interstate 84 exit 44) the State Trail includes great views of the Columbia River and several waterfalls. The "Bonneville Segment" of the State Trail is a car-free stretch of the Historic Highway located within the Waterfall Zone, which also includes segments that allow cars.

View a detailed map of the Waterfall Zone of the Historic Highway: Troutdale to Cascade Locks​

This stretch of the Historic Highway State Trail:

  • Can be accessed by people hiking, biking, or using wheelchairs.
  • Has parking (check to see if fees/permits are required) at:
    • John B. Yeon State Park
    • Elowah Falls Trailhead
    • Toothrock Trailhead
    • Eagle Creek Recreation Area (Cascade Fish Hatchery)
    • Under the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks

This segment includes the last 5 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."

​View a detailed map of the Columbia River Zone of the Historic Highway: Cascade Locks to Hood River​

Wyeth to Lindsey Creek​ (under construction)

This State Trail Reconnection Project is currently underway; construction started spring 2017 and is expected to be finished in fall 2019. The State Trail section will connect Gorton Creek Trailhead at Wyeth (I-84 near milepost 51) to Lindsey Creek. It will be a major undertaking including building a trail around Shellrock Mountain on top of the existing bin wall, a 500’ Summit Creek Viaduct (bridge over land), cutting back the hillside at Lindsey Creek to make space for the trail, and making trailhead improvements at Wyeth Campground.

Lindsey Creek to Viento State Park

This segment of the Historic Highway State Trail:

  • Provides an almost 3-mile long, car-free setting for people to hike, bike, or use mobility devices.
  • Offers wheelchair accessibility to the west and east of Starvation Creek trailhead: east a 1/2 mile to Starvation Creek Falls and west to Hole-in-the-Wall Falls overlook.
  • Has parking at Starvation Creek trailhead.

Mitchell Point Segment

Mitchell Point is a formidable mountain that requires a new bridge and/or tunnel to connect the western segments of State Trail to Hood River and The Dalles. This segment has received funds to design a crossing and efforts are beginning now.​

​Located between the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West and East Trailheads (between Hood River and Mosier) this segment includes over four miles of State Trail.

View a detailed map of the High Plateau Zone of the Historic Highway: Hood River to The Dalles​​.

This segment of the Historic Highway:

  • Allows people to hike, bike, and use wheelchairs on a car-free trail.
  • Has parking and a Visitor Station at the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead near Hood River. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department require a $3.00 day-use fee.
  • Has parking at the Senator Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead (Mosier). ADA parking available at the gate.Oregon Parks and Recreation Department require a $3.00 day-use fee.​

Ongoing Projects

Sixty-five 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 5 miles are needed to complete the connection. Below is more information about these ongoing projects that will complete these last 5 miles.

Mitchell Point Segment

Mitchell Point is a formidable mountain that requires a new bridge and/or tunnel to connect the western segments of State Trail to Hood River and The Dalles. This segment has received funds to design a crossing and efforts are beginning now.
 
Read the 2017 Progress Report that discusses the last 5 miles that need to be reconnected. 

Wyeth to Lindsey Creek

This State Trail Reconnection Project is currently underway; construction started in spring 2017 and is expected to be finished in fall 2019. The State Trail segment 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: (view this map for locations):
 
  • Point 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.
     
  • Point 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.
     
  • Point 6 - Mossy Road; this beautiful section of the old highway will be reconnected and restored as a trail. 
     
  • Point 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.

Completed Projects

Visit Oregon Parks and Recreation's website to learn about already completed State Trail segments. 

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