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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; 68 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.
 

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. 




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.

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."

Wyeth to Lindsey Creek​ (now open!)

The 3-mile 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.​

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 - upcoming work

Mitchell Point is a formidable mountain that requires a new tunnel to connect the western segments of State Trail to Hood River and The Dalles. The Mitchell Point Segment contains three trail segments:

​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.

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-eight 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 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 we anticipate breaking ground in 2021. A segment on either side of Mitchell Point are both in design.

Visit an online open house to learn more about each of the three segments remaining.

Oneonta Tunnel Fire Recovery

Restoration work is needed to reopen the Oneonta Tunnel  to people walking and biking on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail after the Eagle Creek Fire. Crews will restore the tunnel, including the wood lining beginning in late 2020. Learn  more on the project website.

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             
503-731-8232

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