GORGE TOUR--Things to do as you travel West from the Hostel on the Oregon
side of the Columbia River along Routes I-84 & 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
Portland,
OR

 

PLACE



ACTIVITY
0.0 60.0 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 60.0 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. $25 dollar lift tickets for Columbia Gorge Hostel guests--all  day/night! Skiing &
snowboarding.
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.
1.0 59.0 Columbia Gorge Hotel &
Wah Gwin Gwin Falls.
Exit 62.
Historic Hotel, gardens & falls.
1.0 59.0 Ruthton Park. Exit 62. Picnicking, scenic viewpoint.
*10.0
(involves a backtrack on
 I-84 East)
55.5 Mitchell Point & Lausmann State Park. Exit 58 Mitchell Point & Lausmann State Park. Scenic overlook,
picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing.
There are great views
from the parking lot. A narrow, unofficial trail leads to another
viewpoint high on the cliffs.
Accessible only from the eastbound lane of I-84.
To get
there from the westbound lane, you must take exit #56, get
back on the highway heading east, and take exit #58
7.0  53.0 Viento State Park & Bike Path.
Exit 56
Viento State Park. Windsurfing and kiteboarding,
swimming, hiking, mountain biking, bicycling, wildlife
viewing, picnicking.
1-1/2 mile paved bike path leaves the park on the south
side of I-84 and leads to Starvation Creek State Park & Falls.
Follows a section of
Historic Columbia River Highway
Route 30.
*14.5 (involves a backtrack on I-84 East) 52.0 Starvation Creek State Park & Bike Path. Exit 54 Starvation Creek State Park. Waterfall, hiking, mountain biking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, picnicking.
Trailhead to Mt. Defiance (get maps at Columbia River
Gorge National Scenic Area
Headquarters in Hood River).
Trail also leads to the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area of
the
Mt. Hood National Forest.
Hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing.
1-1/2 mile paved bike path leaves the park and leads to
Viento State Park. Follows a section of
Historic Columbia River Highway Route 30.
Accessible only from the eastbound lane of I-84. To get
there from the westbound lane, you must take exit #51, get
back on the highway heading east, and take exit #54.
9.5  50.5 Town of Wyeth. Exit 51 No services.
Wyeth Bench Road. Scenic drive. Reconnects with I-84
at exit #47
(eastbound on ramp/ westbound exit only) or exit
#44.
13.5  *Use Exit #44 Cascade
Locks
Exit 47. Eastbound on ramp/ westbound exit only. Wyeth Bench Road. Scenic drive. Reconnects with I-84
at exit #51.
18.0  43.0 Town of Cascade Locks; Herman Creek Trail; Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail; Bridge of the Gods to Washington Route 14. Exit 44 Town of Cascade Locks. Services, restaurants. 
Remains of old shipping locks.
Historic Columbia River Highway Route 30.  Bike path
west 6 miles from the Bridge of the Gods
to Moffett Creek.
Passes through several tunnels and along cliffs.
Has
additional access points at Eagle Creek I-84 Exit 41
(eastbound only) and at Bonneville Dam I-84 Exit 40.
Herman Creek Trailhead. Trails to Mt. Defiance and
other points.
(get maps at
Columbia River Gorge National
Scenic Area
Headquarters in Hood River). Trail also leads to
the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area of the
Mt. Hood
National Forest
.
Hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing.
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.
Cascade Locks Historical Museum.
Artifacts and history. 
1 NW Portage Road near Port Marina Park in Cascade Locks.
Sternwheeler. Tours aboard an authentic full sized
replica of a triple-decker paddle wheel river boat.
Cascade Locks Marine Park. Windsurfing and
kiteboarding
, fishing, boating.

Looping back through Washington over the Bridge of
the Gods? Click HERE.
 *24.5
(involves a backtrack on I-84 East)
39.0 Eagle Creek Trail. Exit 41 Eagle Creek Trail. Famous trail with dozens of waterfalls.
Trail continues into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area of
the
Mt. Hood National Forest. Hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing.
Historic Columbia River Highway Route 30.  Access to
paved bike path that leads 6 miles from the Bridge of the
Gods to Moffett Creek. Passes through several tunnels and along cliffs.
Has additional access points at Cascade Locks
I-84 Exit #44 and at Bonneville Dam I-84 Exit 40.

Eagle Creek Overlook. Riverfront access. Fishing,
Accessible only from the eastbound lane of I-84. To get
there from the westbound lane, you must take exit #40, get
back on the highway heading east, and take exit #41.
22.5  37.5 Bonneville Dam. Exit 40 Bonneville Lock and Dam, Lake Bonneville. Tours of fish ladders, dam & locks, fish hatchery. Fishing, wildlife
viewing, visitors centers.
Toothrock trailhead. Hike to the top of basalt spire.
Historic Columbia River Highway Route 30.  Access to
paved bike path that leads 6 miles from the Bridge of the
Gods to Moffett Creek. Passes through several tunnels and along cliffs.
Has additional access points at Cascade Locks
I-84 Exit #44 and at Eagle Creek I-84 Exit #41 (eastbound access
only).
25.0 *Use
Exit #35
Dodson
Town of Warrendale; John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor. Exit 37 Town of Warrendale. No services.
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor & Historic Columbia
River Highway
begins here.
See below for details.
Elowah & McCord Creek Falls. Trails from road.
Accessible only from the westbound lane of I-84. To get
there from the eastbound lane, you must take exit #35, and take
the John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor to Warrendale.
26.0  34.0 Dodson. Exit #35. Town of Dodson. No services.
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor begins here.
See below for details.
Adds 6
miles to your route vs. I-84
Adds 6
miles to your route vs. I-84
ALTERNATE ROUTE: John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor &
Historic Columbia River Highway.
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor & Historic Columbia
River Highway
. Follows old Route 30 along scenic vistas,
cliffs, by waterfalls & through forest. Hiking, backpacking, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, etc.
Connects with I-84 at Warrendale (Exit #37 westbound
access only), Dodson (Exit # 35), Bridal Veil (Exit #28),
Corbett (Exit # 22), and Troutdale (Exit #17 and #18).

 
26.0 40.0 Town of Dodson Town of Dodson. No services.
Connects to I-84 Exit #35.
26.0  40.0 Ainsworth State Park Ainsworth State Park. Hiking, backpacking, wildlife
viewing, swimming, picnicking, bicycling, waterfalls, etc.
Trailhead to St. Peter's Dome.
Famous scenic vista.
Trails that lead to
Mt. Hood National Forest.
27.5  38.5 Horsetail Falls Lower falls visible from road. Trail to upper falls &
upper Oneonta Gorge Falls.
Trails that lead to
Mt. Hood National Forest.
27.75  38.25 Oneonta Gorge Narrow, moss covered slot canyon with waterfall at end.
Canyon mouth is visible from road.
30.0  36.0 Multnomah Falls Second highest year-round waterfall in the U.S. Drops
620 feet. Paved path, visitor's center, refreshments, historic lodge.
U.S.F.S. Information center for
the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
30.5  35.5 Wahkeena Falls Visible from road. Trails.
32.5  33.5 Coopey Falls Visible from road. Trails.
33.5  32.5 Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
Visible from road. Trails.
Junction I-84 Exit #28.
34.5  31.5 Sheppard's Dell State Natural Area & Youngs Creek Falls Sheppard's Dell State Natural Area & Youngs Creek Falls.
Visible from road. Trails. 
36.0  30.0 Guy W. Talbot State Park/ Latourell Falls Guy W. Talbot State Park/ Latourell Falls. Visible
from road. Picnicking, waterfall, walking path.
38.0  28.0 Crown Point State Scenic Corridor & Vista House Crown Point State Scenic Corridor & Vista House. Historic
stone building on high viewpoint with outstanding views
down the gorge.
39.0  27.0 Portland Women's Forum State
Scenic Viewpoint
Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint. Picturesque view down the gorge.
40.5 25.5 Town of Corbett Town of Corbett. Limited services.
Junction I-84 Exit #22.
43.0 23.0 Town of Springdale Town of Springdale. Limited services.
45.0  21.0 Dabney State Rec. Area Dabney State Rec. Area. Trails, swimming,
fishing, picnicking, Frisbee Golf.
49.0
(Adds 6
miles to your route vs. I-84)
17.0
(Adds 6
miles to your route vs. I-84)
Town of Troudale. End of Alternate Route. John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor & Historic Columbia
River Highway
. Follows old Route 30 along scenic vistas,
cliffs, by waterfalls & through forest. Hiking, backpacking, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, etc.
Connects with I-84 at Warrendale (Exit #37 westbound
access only), Dodson (Exit # 35), Bridal Veil (Exit #28),
Corbett (Exit # 22), and Troutdale (Exit #17 and #18).


 
31.0 29.0 Multnomah Falls. Exit #31 Second highest year-round waterfall in the U.S. Drops
620 feet. Paved path, visitor's center, refreshments, historic lodge. Walking path to Falls; no vehicle access to
Historic Highway 30/ John Yeon Corridor. 

U.S.F.S. Information center for
the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
*33.0 (involves a backtrack on I-84 East) 29.0 Benson State Recreation Area &
Fashion Reef. Exit #30
Benson State Recreation Area &
Fashion Reef
. Picnicking, fishing, swimming, windsurfing
and kiteboarding
.
Accessible only from the eastbound lane of I-84.
To get
there from the westbound lane, you must take exit #29, get
back on the highway heading east, and take exit #30.
33.5 26.5 Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
Visible from road. Trails.
Junction Historic Highway 30/ John Yeon Corridor. 
36.5  23.5 Rooster Rock State Park Rooster Rock State Park. Famous rock formation.
Swimming (includes a nude beach area), walking paths, dunes, fishing, boating,
windsurfing and kiteboarding
, picnicking, wildlife viewing. 
38.5 21.5 Town of Corbett Town of Corbett. Limited services.
Junction Historic Highway 30/ John Yeon Corridor. 
43.0  17.0 Town of Troutdale Full range of services in Troutdale and nearby Gresham.
Lewis & Clark State Rec. Site. Trails, swimming,
fishing, picnicking, boating.
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor & Historic Columbia
River Highway
. Follows old Route 30 along scenic vistas,
cliffs, by waterfalls & through forest. Hiking, backpacking, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, etc. Click Here for route.
Connects with I-84 at Warrendale (Exit #37 westbound
access only), Dodson (Exit # 35), Bridal Veil (Exit #28),
Corbett (Exit # 22), and Troutdale (Exit #17 and #18).
Sandy River. National Wild and Scenic River. Fishing, Rafting, Kayaking, etc.
Sandy Gorge. The Nature Conservancy Reserve. Wildlife viewing.
60.0  0.0 Portland, Oregon City of Portland.
    End of tour West 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 East 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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