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Other sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail state trail are open.
Start your trek east or west along this section of paved trail. The eastbound 4-mile trail gradually climbs through dense woods, and then delivers majestic views of Bonneville Dam. The trail continues past the Eagle Creek trailhead (a U.S. Forest Service trail), Cascade Fish Hatchery and stops at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead. Note: This segment has a staircase equipped with bikewheel grooves about 1 miles east of the trailhead. The trail leading up to the staircase is ADA accessible.
The 1-mile westbound portion of the trail crosses rushing Tanner Creek, passes breathtaking overlooks of the Columbia River and continues to the Historic Moffett Creek Bridge, and ends at John B Yeon State Park.
Please secure your valuable when enjoying parks.
Please call 503-695-2261 for park specific rules.
No metal detecting is allowed in West Gorge State parks
This park requires a Special Use Permit for special events or activities. Please open the Special Use Permit application to see examples of events that need a permit. If you have questions about whether you need a special use permit for your activity and to receive instructions on how to submit the application, please call 503-695-2261.
The Historic Columbia River Highway was designed by Samuel Lancaster and constructed between 1913 to 1922. Its purpose was not merely to provide an east-west transportation route through the Columbia River Gorge, but to take full advantage of every natural aspect, scenic feature, waterfall, viewpoint and panorama. When bridges or tunnels were designed, they stood by themselves as artistic compliments to the landscape. The Columbia River Highway served millions of travelers and became one of the grandest highways in the nation. When transportation needs required faster and larger roads, sections of the old highway were bypassed. By 1960, a new interstate highway had replaced nearly all of the older road. The four-mile stretch of old highway between Hood River and Mosier, including the Mosier Twin Tunnels, was closed, filled with rock and abandoned. In the 1980s, new interest in the old scenic highway began to resurface. Lost sections of highway were identified, unearthed and studied for potential renovation. Some portions of the original route were covered by I-84 when it was built. An ambitious restoration began with the removal of rock from the Mosier Twin Tunnels. Restoration took several months. When workers were done, several surprises were unearthed, such as graffiti dating back to 1921 (when drivers were snowbound for several days). The highway is owned and maintained by ODOT; the state trail is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. In 2000, the highway was designated a National Historic Landmark, and in 2002, the state trail was designated a National Recreation Trail.