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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

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.

Trail Segments

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

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 2018 Progress Report that discusses the last 5 miles that need to be reconnected. Visit this segment's project website for updates on progress. 

Wyeth to Lindsey Creek

This State Trail Reconnection Project is now complete and open to the public. The State Trail segment connects the new Wyeth Trailhead (I-84 near milepost 51) to Lindsey Creek. Continue east on three additional miles of trail to Viento State Park. This segment was 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.
Visit this segment's project website for information on traffic impacts during construction. 

Completed Projects

Visit Oregon Parks and Recreation's website to learn about already completed State Trail segments. 
Runner on a path
Contact Information
Oregon Department of Transportation, Region1
123 NW Flanders             
Portland, OR  97209             

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