GORGE TOUR--Things to do as you travel East from the Hood River on the Oregon
side of the Columbia River along Route I-84 and/or Route 30.

Note: Mileage is estimated.
 *Places marked with an asterisk have access limited to either westbound
or eastbound I-84 exits. See below for specific details.

Miles
From
Hood River, 
OR
Miles
From
Biggs,
OR

 

PLACE



ACTIVITY
0.0 41.0 City of Hood River & Area City of Hood River. Full range or services, restaurants
galleries, museums, supermarkets, shops, movie theaters, town parks. Gear rentals & retail (windsurfing & kiteboarding,
kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing, bicycling, hiking/ backpacking, etc.) WiFi Hot spots & Internet access.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Head-
quarters. U.S.F.S. Get park passes, information & maps
here.
Visitor Information Center. Located on the waterfront.
Pick up a map of the city here.

Fruit Orchards, orchard tours, animal farms, fruit
stands, herb farms. 
International Museum of Carousel Art. World's largest
and most comprehensive collection of antique carousel art.
Hood River County Historical Museum. Historical
Museum
. Includes windsurfing history display. Port Marina
Park (541)-386-6772
Columbia Center for the Arts. Art gallery.
Long Shadow Gallery. Extensive photography display of
the Gorge.
Wine tasting: Cathedral Ridge Winery, Pheasant Valley Vineyard & Winery, Mt. Hood Winery (#3189 Rt. 35).
Movie theaters:
Hood River Cinemas, Skylight Theater
and Pub

Golf Courses: Indian Creek Golf Course (3605 Brookside
Dr. 541-386-7770), Hood River Golf Course (1850 Country
Club Rd. 541-386-3009)
Hood River Marinas, Hood River Waterfront areas. Windsurfing and kiteboarding areas, sailing, fishing, picnicking. Windsurfing & kiteboarding lessons & rentals.
Sailing lessons & rentals
Panorama Point Park. Scenic drive & viewpoint.
Picnicking.
On a side road off Rt. 35 2 miles from town
center. Follow signs on Rt. 35 as you leave town. 
Sen. Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead &
Historic
Columbia River Highway 30
East. Historic section of Route
30 preserved as a bike/pedestrian path. Leads 6 miles east to
town of Mosier. Scenic overlooks and old highway tunnels
(Mosier Twin Tunnels). Bicycling, hiking, picnicking, wildlife
viewing.
2 miles east of town from Rt. 35. Follow signs.
0.0 41.0 SIDE TRIP SOUTH TO: MT. HOOD & AREA VIA RT. 35
    +8.0 to Town of Odell (via Rt.
35 or town roads).
Scenic drive through Fruit Orchards.
Limited services.
    +14.0 to Towns of Mt. Hood &
Parkdale
Towns of Mt. Hood and Parkdale. Limited services.
Scenic drive through Fruit Orchards.
U.S.F.S Ranger Station. Get maps, permits &
information for
Mt. Hood National Forest here.
Mt. Hood Railroad. 4 hour scenic train rides
through the Hood River area.
Hutson Museum.
History, geology, etc. Native American
dolls, taxidermy, a rare collection of rocks. Over 2,500 arrow
and spear points, stone bowls, mortars, grinding tools, etc. 
At Mt. Hood RR terminal in Parkdale (541)-352-6808.
    +15.0 to Toll Bridge Park Picnicking, fishing, wildlife viewing. River access.
    +20.0 to Mt. Hood National
Forest
Mt. Hood National Forest & Wilderness areas. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking,
backpacking, wildlife viewing, mountaineering, skiing & snowboarding, waterfalls,
spring wildflowers, rock & ice climbing, picnicking, scenic drives.
Get maps & information at Ranger Station in town of
Mt. Hood (above).
    +22.0 miles to Tamanawas Falls Trailhead Hike to Tamanawas Falls. Trail passes behind the
waterfall.
    +27.0 to Cooper Spur Ski Area
(via Rt. 35 & FS 3510)
Skiing & snowboarding.
    +33.0 to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski
Area (via Rt. 35, FS 3545 & FS 3555)
Mt. Hood Meadows.  Skiing & snowboarding.
$25 dollar lift tickets for Columbia Gorge Hostel guests--
all day/night!

Sahale Falls. Off FS 3555 before the ski area.
    +37.0 miles to Barlow Pass Trailhead for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail--
a 2,600 mile foot/horse path from Mexico to Canada. Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing.
    +45.5 miles to Timberline Lodge & Ski Area (via Rt. 35, Rt. 26
& Rt. 173).
Skiing & snowboarding. Hiking, mountaineering, scenic drive & historic lodge (film site for the Stephen King
movie "The Shining"). Access to Mt. Hood Trails
    +44.5 miles to Mt. Hood Ski
Bowl Ski Area (via Rt. 35 & Rt. 26)
Skiing & snowboarding.
 *9.0 (involves a backtrack on I-84 West)   Koberg Beach State Recreation  Area
 
Koberg Beach State Recreation Area.
Windsurfing and kiteboarding, swimming, picnicking,
scenic viewpoint, fishing. Accessible only from the westbound lane of I-84.
To get there from the eastbound
lane, you must exit at Mosier, get back on the highway heading
west, and exit at exit #65 (marked as "Rest Area").
6.0  35.0 Town of Mosier Town of Mosier. Limited services.
Mosier Pocket Park. Mosier Falls & Pioneer Cemetery.
Small park with short trails to cemetery & scenic falls.
Hiking, wildlife viewing.
 Trail starts at bench on the east
side of the bridge over Mosier Creek on the east side of town,
Route 30.
  Sen. Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead &
Historic
Columbia River Highway 30 West.

Historic section of Route 30 preserved as a bike/pedestrian
path. Paved. Leads 6 miles west to Hood River Passes along  Scenic overlooks and old highway tunnels (Mosier Twin
Tunnels). Bicycling, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing.
Follow signs from Mosier center.
Historic Columbia River Highway 30. See below for
details.
6.0    ALTERNATE ROUTE: HISTORIC ROUTE 30 EAST TO THE DALLES Alternate route from Mosier to The Dalles. East.
Automobile & bicycle traffic. Plateaus, cliffs, buttes &
scenic overlooks.
9 miles from Mosier to Rowena I-84 ramp;
16.5 miles from Mosier to The Dalles. 
13.0    Rowena Plateau Rowena Crest Scenic Overlook & The Nature
Conservancy's
Tom McCall Preserve. Wildlife viewing,
hiking, scenic overlook, spring wildflowers. 
15.0   Town of Rowena; junction of Rt. 30 & I-84 No services.
Mayer State Park.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding, swimming, picnicking,
scenic viewpoint, fishing, wildflowers, canoeing.
20.0   Columbia Gorge Discover Center Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Wasco County Historical Museum. Official Interpretive center for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. History, ecology, geology, geography, etc. 
Riverfront walking trail.
At the museum. 2 miles.
23.5  21.0 End/Start Route 30 alternate route at The Dalles (see below).   
*16.5 (involves a backtrack on I-84 West)   Memaloose State Park Memaloose State Park
Windsurfing and kiteboarding, swimming, picnicking,
scenic viewpoint, fishing.
Accessible only from the westbound lane of I-84.
To get
there from the eastbound lane, you must exit at Rowena, get
back on the highway heading west, and take exit #74.
13.0 28.0 Town of Rowena No services.
Mayer State Park.
Windsurfing and kiteboarding, swimming, picnicking, scenic viewpoint, fishing,
wildflowers, canoeing.

Access to Historic Route 30.
20.0  21.0 City of The Dalles; Bridge to
Washington Route 14 via Rt. 197.
City of The Dalles. Full range or services, restaurants
galleries, museums, supermarkets, shops, movie theaters,
town parks.

 The Dalles Historic District & Murals. Old Fort Dalles,
St. Peter's Landmark, Granada Theater, Wasco 
Courthouse, Rorick House, and other sites. Including a
huge collection of downtown murals. Pick up a brochure
at the Chamber of Commerce information center (just
east of downtown on Route 30. 
The Dalles Art Center. Gallery & lessons.
Theater Company of the Dalles. Stage performances.
Wine tasting: Erin Glenn Vineyards, Dry Hollow
vineyards
 

Sorosis Park. Picnicking, Frisbee-Golf Course.
The Dalles Lock and Dam, Lake Celilo. Dam & fish
ladder tours. Fishing, boating.
Traditional native platform
fishing can be viewed along the ledges west of the dam.
Riverfront Park. Windsurfing and kiteboarding,
swimming, picnicking, fishing.
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33.5  7.5 Celilo Park U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park. Windsurfing and kiteboarding, swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating.
Exit 97.
36.5  4.5 Deschutes River State Rec. Area Deschutes River State Rec. Area. Hiking, horseback
riding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking
,
picnicking, wildlife viewing.
Deschutes River Wild and
Scenic River

From Eastbound I-84: take exit 104 &  Routes 30 & 206.
From Westbound I-84: take exit 97 & Route 206.
41.0  0.0 Town of Biggs: Bridge to Maryhill,
Washington & routes 14 & 97.
Limited services.
Windsurfing and kiteboarding site.
 
    End of tour East along Oregon's Route 84 & 30. Where would you like to go to next?
 
  Things to do as you travel East from the Hostel on the Washington side of the Columbia River along Route 14.

Things to do as you travel West from the Hostel on the Oregon side of the Columbia River along Route 84/
Route 30. 


Things to do as you travel West from the Hostel on the Washington side of the Columbia River along Route 14.

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