Historic Columbia River Hwy. State Trail

This trail was the first major paved highway in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway constructed in the United States.

photo: View of NRT taken from Washington side looking easterly from Cape Horn. Photo by Rich Deline.

Length: 10.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Fitness Trail, Greenway
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Multnomah, Hood River, Wasco
Longitude: -121.4046
Latitude: 45.68494

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Description

This trail was the first major paved highway in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway constructed in the United States. The almost 11-mile converted road-trail features historic bridges, tunnels, and beautifully arched rock masonry walls. In addition to these unique features, the trail also provides recreational opportunities like biking and wildlife observation.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 100
Elevation High Point: 500
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2002

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: photo - Columbia River view
Website: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Kevin Price
Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.
P.O. Box 100
Corbett , OR 97019
(503) 695-2261
kevinprice@state.or.us
http://www.oregonstateparks.org

 

Photos

View of NRT taken from Washington side looking easterly from Cape Horn. Photo by Rich Deline.

View of NRT taken from Washington side looking easterly from Cape Horn. Photo by Rich Deline.

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