Scenic trail

The new Historic Highway State Trail segment will pass vistas such as this, en route from Wyeth to Starvation Creek. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

On Saturday, Aug. 3, the newest three-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail from Gorton Creek to Lindsey Creek will be dedicated.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting at Wyeth Trailhead, after which visitors can explore the trail from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., visiting booths that host family fun, historic cars, and more!

This section of the “State Trail” will be open only to walking, rolling, or biking. Its completion marks restoration of 68 out of 73 miles of the original Historic Columbia River Highway between Troutdale and The Dalles.

Some segments are still open to motor vehicles (Historic Highway or connecting county roads); others are designed only for bikes and pedestrians (State Trail).

Only five miles of construction remain between Viento State Park and Hood River to realize a world-class biking route that will pass stunning vistas, cascading waterfalls,basalt tunnels, and charming towns before culminating in The Dalles.

Partners include Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Hood River County, U.S. Forest Service and Travel Oregon.

Visit www.historichighway.org to learn more about the trail dedication.

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