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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Viento State Park to Mitchell Point

Project Completed

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Hood River)

​​​This project improved the trailhead at Viento State Park and extended the trail two more miles for recreation without using the shoulder of I-84.

Columbia River Gorge Construction: I-84 and U.S. 30 Historic Columbia River Highway


Meetings and Events

We held a public ribbon cutting ceremony in Sept. 2023 with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate the trail opening.

View an online open house​ from 2020 and learn more about the Historic Highway State Trail. ​

The project team hosted an open house on May 16, 2018. The displays are available online​


Construction began in early 2022 and finished in fall 2023. The extended trail segment is now open to the public. Construction on the last .7 miles connecting to Mitchell Point is anticipated as soon as 2026.​



The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held in September was a success!
We were excited to announce the opening of two more miles of the Historic Highway State Trail from Viento State Park east in September. ODOT, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and project pa​rtners hosted a public ribbon cutting with kids activities to celebrate.

The event featured a 6-mile bike tour by Portland Bicycle Club from the Wyeth Trailhead, keynote speakers, food by 
Empanadas Maria Elba, information booths, a campground open house, and a kid’s bike information and activity station. 

You can now use the two additional miles of trail from Viento State Park east toward Mitchell Point. We want to thank Columbia Area Transit for providing transit service to the event and everyone that made it out to celebrate with us!

The project included upgrades to the South Viento State Park Campground, which is now home to a new hiker/biker campground with an ADA-accessible campsite, three shelters for cooking, lockers with chargers, hot showers and an ADA-accessible restroom. The renovated loop also features five drive-in tent sites, including two ADA-accessible campsites.

With this segment open, people hiking, biking and rolling can now enjoy eight miles of car-free trail heading east from Wyeth Trailhead (Exit 51).

Please note: This segment of trail does not yet connect to the Mitchell Point Tunnel. Construction on the last .7 miles (three-quarters of a mile) connecting to Mitchell Point is anticipated as soon as 2026.

Construction of this trail segment was challenging along the steep slopes and near the freeway. A mix of rockfall fences and rockfall mesh has been installed on six slopes adjacent to the trail and I-84 with large cranes to improve safety for trail and interstate users.

Learn more about the Historic Highway State Trail


U.S. 30 |

Historic Columbia River Highway near Viento State Park off I-84

Cost and Funding

​Funded through the Federal Lands Access Program.


​Conway​ Construction

Additional Information

Over the next several years, we have many construction projects planned on I-84 between I-205 and Hood River, and on the Historic Columbia River Highway between Troutdale and Hood River. 

View more information about upcoming work. 

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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Contacts & Media

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Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Katelyn Jackson

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Coordinator
Terra Lingley
Project Hotline
24/7 Noise: 503-294-1570
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Last Updated

9/19/2023 2:14 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Open-House-Displays-HCRHMP_1.pdfView the displays from the May 16, 2018 open house.
I-84 Gorge 2023 Mailer.pdfView the 2023 Construction Mailer.