Historic Columbia River Highway Hits 100

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A century ago, what is now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway was officially dedicated – June 7, 1916. A marvel of engineering for its time, with innovative construction techniques such as rock walls and bridges, it was immediately declared a masterpiece of transportation, nicknamed “The King of Roads” and designated as America’s first Scenic Highway.

Today it is a National Historic Landmark, and its breathtaking 70 miles of waterfalls, vistas and forested trails still inspires awe.

While you can pedal multiple segments of the original highway, of particular interest to cyclists is the 5-mile Twin Tunnels segment, which starts just east of Hood River and ends just above the town of Mosier. This section is only open for pedestrians and cyclists, and it offers a serene, twisting path that delivers jaw-dropping views around nearly every corner. The restored Mosier Twin Tunnels are a one-of-a-kind treat.

Summer and fall of 2016 will feature a series of events celebrating the road, its history and the surrounding natural beauty. Check out some of the fun events here.

Oh, and of course you might want to ride one or more of these segments of the historic highway:

Troutdale to Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks to Hood River

Hood River to The Dalles


  1. As an Oregon cyclist since 1997, my wife and I have worked to tandem from Beaverton to the Pacific and to Idaho including the beautiful gorge and have completed all but about 200 miles of it.