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Historic Columbia River Highway

  • Length:
    45.3 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Nearby Cities:
    Troutdale, Gresham, Bridal Veil
  • Region:
    Greater Portland, Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    Paved Road/Trail

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Directions

These maps and directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results. For travel options, weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941.

Start northeast on E Crown Point Hwy/Historic Columbia River Hwy 2.5 miles (4010 meters)
Head northeast on E Crown Point Hwy/Historic Columbia River Hwy 0.6 miles (996 meters)
Slight left onto SE Neilson Rd 0.3 miles (486 meters)
Slight right onto E Woodard Rd 0.3 miles (556 meters)
Continue onto E Historic Columbia River Hwy 0.4 miles (705 meters)
Slight left to stay on E Historic Columbia River Hwy 0.8 miles (1241 meters)
Head west on SE Smith Rd 0.2 miles (374 meters)
Sharp right onto E Historic Columbia River Hwy 3 miles (4777 meters)
Turn right on E Historic Columbia River Hwy 85 feet (26 meters)
Head north on E Historic Columbia River Hwy 85 feet (26 meters)
Turn right on E Historic Columbia River 6 miles (9655 meters)
Head northeast on E Historic Columbia River 5.9 miles (9438 meters)
Continue northeast on E Historic Columbia River 1.9 miles (3104 meters)
Continue northeast on E Historic Columbia River 289 feet (88 meters)
Turn left onto Enquist Rd 0.9 miles (1396 meters)
Turn right onto NE Tumalt Rd 0.7 miles (1142 meters)
Slight right onto NE Warrendale Rd 0.2 miles (275 meters)
Turn left onto NE Frontage Rd 0.4 miles (620 meters)
Continue northeast on Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail 1.6 miles (2642 meters)
Take the pedestrian tunnel 1.6 miles (2501 meters)
Slight left onto Yeon State Park 52 feet (16 meters)
Slight left onto Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail 0.4 miles (722 meters)
Continue northeast on Star Route 0.1 miles (206 meters)
Take the ramp to Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail 1 miles (1618 meters)
Turn left onto Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail 2.3 miles (3710 meters)
Continue north on Wa Na Pa St 0.4 miles (702 meters)
Continue north on US-30/Wa Na Pa St 1.1 miles (1766 meters)
Continue northeast on Frontage Rd 522 feet (159 meters)
Continue northeast on Frontage Rd 2.2 miles (3466 meters)
Turn right on Wyeth Rd 0.5 miles (738 meters)
Continue northeast on Wyeth Rd 3.3 miles (5311 meters)
Continue west on 0.1 miles (204 meters)
Turn right on I-84 E 4.4 miles (7103 meters)
Head northeast on I-84 E 1.9 miles (3089 meters)
Continue east on I-84 E 4.5 miles (7308 meters)
Take exit 62 for US-30 toward W Hood River/Westcliff Drive 0.2 miles (336 meters)
Turn right on Cascade Ave 0.3 miles (531 meters)
Head east on Cascade Ave 0.7 miles (1183 meters)
Continue onto Oak St 0.1 miles (226 meters)
Turn right onto 13th St 292 feet (89 meters)
Turn left on W State St 0.2 miles (319 meters)
Head east on W State St 0.9 miles (1452 meters)
Continue onto Mark O. Hatfield Trail 1.3 miles (2114 meters)
Continue southeast on Mark O. Hatfield Trail 4.4 miles (7135 meters)
Head southeast on Rock Creek Rd 0.6 miles (1013 meters)

The Historic Columbia River Highway, the country’s first scenic highway, bears the following impressive titles: All-American Road, National Scenic Byway, National Historic Landmark and National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Built between 1913 and 1922, the state trail passes by six waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, and multiple scenic viewpoints. The route is on its way to full restoration, and individual sections are being reopened as they are completed.

As of November 2013, with a new 1.6-mile section dedicated between Troutdale and Cascade Locks, 62 of the trail’s original 73 miles are open and rideable.

Some sections of the route allow both car and bike traffic. Road shoulders are wide in places and non-existent in others. Traffic is usually mild. For information about access points, traffic, shoulder width, distance and grade, download a route map for cyclists from Oregon.gov., or read more at the Oregon State Parks website.

How to ride

This route can be ridden as a whole or broken into segments or days. For one three-segment trip option, see the route links below:

HCRH Segment 1: Troutdale to Cascade Locks
HCRH Segment 2: Cascade Locks to Hood River
HCRH Segment 3: Hood River to The Dalles

Did you know that the Columbia River Gorge is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? See one – or better yet, see them all.

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