Historic Columbia River Highway

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  • Sign for Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead and Visitor Center

    Sign design for this Trailhead's visitor center is consistent, though this particular one is set into and on top of a stone fence around the building.

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  • Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead and Visitor Center

    New landscaping and stone fence highlights this fine visitor center on the Historic Columbia River Highway's eastern part.

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  • Inside the Visitor Center at the Sign for Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead

    The inside of the visitor center has literature and displays, but visitors may also enjoy its large pane-glass windows.

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  • Multnomah Falls

    The viewing bridge across the lower falls with the lovely long fall against the cliffs behind make a perfect photo.

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  • Bridge on the Byway

    Elegant design went into many bridges on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Sign for Latourell Falls

    Even though the sign for Latourell Falls is posted on a lampost, it is still consistent in style with the rest of the signs for attractions that are shown along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Sign for Bridal Veil Falls

    A Bridal Veil Falls stands on a low base, but still matches the same style as the other attraction signs along the Byway.

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  • Sign for Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

    Consistency in signage along this Byway extends even to State Recreation areas.

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  • Shepperd's Dell

    The sunlight streaming through the trees creates a glare on this view of the tall post sign for Shepperd's Dell

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  • Memaloose Overlook Sign

    Evergreen and dry-region vegetation stand behind this overlook sign on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Portland Women's Forum Entrance Sign

    A plaque on a stone stands next to this entrance sign.

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  • The View Upriver from Vista House

    Looking west from Sheppards Dell towards Crown Point provides a sweeping viewing of the landscape.

  • Making Their Feelings Known

    This sign indicates that there are some hostile feelings here about the government's involvement in the Columbia River Gorge area.

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  • Panels Outside the Visitor Center

    Travelers read about the Byway and the region at the two-panel kiosk outside the visitor center at the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead. Note the panel design is consistent with signage all along the Byway.

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  • Parking Area Beside Roadway at Multnomah Falls

    The Byway runs between the parking area and the falls at Multnomah Falls.

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  • White Railings on the Byway

    White railings line this section of the Historic Columbia River Highway near the Rowena Loops.

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  • Hairpin Curve on the Rowena Loops

    The hairpin curve of the Rowena Loops area of the Historic Columbia River Highway is visible from the Rowena Overlook.

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  • Bicycling on Historic Columbia River Highway

    Bikers enter a sunspot ahead on the Highway.

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  • Latourell Falls Interpretation on Historic Columbia River Highway

    Sign talks about Latourell Falls.

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  • Portland Women's Forum Park Interpretation

    A lone sign stands in a stonework patio at the Portland Women's Forum Park on the Historic Columbia River Highway. A partial view of the Gorge is beyond.

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  • Portland Women's Forum Park Interpretation

    An interpretive sign stands at the Portland Women's Forum Park on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Part of the view of the Gorge is beyond.

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  • Sharing the Road

    Bikers and cars share the road in a forested section of the Byway.

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  • Entrance Sign near Troutdale Home

    A blue-and-white entrance sign marks the beginning of the Historic Columbia River Highway near Troutdale, Oregon.

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  • White Railings on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    Bright white wooden railings line the roadside of the Byway near the Rowena Loops.

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  • Tight Curves on the Rowena Loops

    The Rowena Loops section of the Byway is a marvel of engineering. Looking far below shows the tremendous hairpin curves the roadbed takes down this cliffside.

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  • Vista House Interpretive Panel

    A traveler reads the interpretive panel for Vista House.

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  • Vista House Interpretive Panel

    An interpretive panel gives more information about Vista House on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Driving the Historic Columbia River Highway

    A traveler hits the road to see snow-capped mountains and green hillsides.

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  • Driving the Historic Columbia River Highway

    Snow-capped mountains and green hillsides await travelers on the road.

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  • Raised Highway Design

    Russet colored cliffs in the distance frame the raised highway.

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  • Vista House Ceiling

    The ceiling of the Vista House features ornate detail and stained-glass windows.

  • Interpretive Sign at Rowena Loops Overlook

    People explore the Rowena Loops Overlook on the Historic Columbia River Highway near an interpretive sign.

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  • Hikers on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    A crowd of hikers walk on the Historic Columbia River Highway

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  • Interpretive Sign on Historic Columbia River Highway

    This shows a free-standing interpretive sign on Historic Columbia River Highway

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  • Hikers on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    A crowd of hikers walk on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Stone Railing on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    Hikers walk past a beautifully restored stone railing on a pedestrian-only section of the Byway.

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  • Wood and Stone Railings on the Highway

    The old wooden roadside railings conjoin the restored and original stone roadside railings on this section of the Historic Columbia River Highway

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  • Tunnel on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    A crowd of people enter one of the tunnels on a pedestrian-only section of the Highway.

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  • Overlook on the Columbia River

    People look out from a circular stone walled overlook on the Byway.

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  • Shadows on the Trail

    Strong shadows cross the trail on the non-motor-travel section of the Byway.

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  • Stone Railing on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    Hikers walk past a beautifully restored stone railing on a pedestrian-only section of the Byway.

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  • Bus Outside Visitor Center at West Trailhead

    A tour group wander outside the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead and Visitor Center.

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  • Outside the Visitor Center at the West Trailhead

    A tour group wanders outside the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead and Visitor Center.

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  • Inside Vista House

    A vaulted ceiling surrounded by tall stained glass windows lines the dome inside the Vista House at Crown Point on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

  • Outside the Visitor Center at the West Trailhead

    A tour group wanders outside the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead and Visitor Center.

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  • Interpretation Outside the Visitor Center at the West Trailhead

    The panel design at this kiosk outside the Visitor Center at the West Trailhead is consistent with signage all along the Byway.

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  • Crown Point and Interpretive Sign

    This interpretive sign at the Women's Forum Park overlook is overshadowed by the stunning view of the Gorge and Crown Point House beyond.

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  • Reading About Crown Point

    Two visitors are absorbed in this interpretive sign at Women's Forum Park on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Two-posted Interpretive Sign on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    This is an example of an interpretive sign mounted on two posts.

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  • Walking to an Overlook

    Two hikers stroll past a sign to Memaloose Overlook.

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  • Verdant Forest Overhanging Interpretive Sign

    One person reads an interpretive sign set amidst a summer forest.

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  • Interpretive Sign and Vista House at Crown Point

    Cars park at the side of the Byway at Crown Point, where there is an interpretive sign outside. Vista House is in the background.

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  • Interpretive Sign on Historic Columbia River Highway

    Tourists read interpretive sign on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Stonework on the Rowena Loops

    Restored or original stonework lines the highway on the Rowena Loops.

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  • On the Rowena Loops

    Stone or cement work railings line this sharp curve on the Rowena Loops section of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Curves Ahead on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    White-painted wooden road railings line this sharp curve on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Vista House

    The Vista House, one of Historic Columbia River Highway's most prominent features, stands out against a hazy, green landscape.

  • View of Vista House on the Columbia River

    From this elevated point of view, the Vista House can be seen amongst rocky cliffs and dark evergreens.

  • Multnomah Falls

    Visitors stand over one falls and before another on the foot bridge spanning Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge area of Oregon.

  • Multnomah Falls

    Visitors stand together on a bridge to view the waters of Multnomah Falls cascade over mossy cliffs.

  • Base of Multnomah Falls

    The white waters of Multnomah Falls crash into a plunge pool surrounded by greenery.

  • Latourell Falls

    Bright yellow lichens color the gray volcanic rock at Latourell Falls.

  • Multnomah Falls

    Visitors stand on a bridge and watch Multnomah Falls, a two-tiered waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Trail View of Latourell Falls

    A paved trail leads the short distance from the parking lot to a bridge which crosses the creek at the base of Latourell Falls.

  • Hikers at Latourell Falls

    A small group of hikers approach the base of Latourell Falls.

  • The Rowena Loop

    The Historic Columbia River Highway loops around beneath the Rowena Crest Viewpoint. Byway travelers descend from the viewpoint to the loops below.

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  • Latourell Falls Lichens

    Colorful lichens abound in the misty conditions at the base of the falls.

  • Latourell Falls Greenery

    Lush green growth surrounds the base of Latourell Falls.

  • Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon

    The Bonneville Dam can be seen from the Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon. The dam provides the region with electrical power and is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers

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  • Hood River Bridge

    The Hood River Bridge spans the Columbia River, stretching from Oregon to Washington.

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  • Bridal Veil Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    Bridal Veil Falls, a short hike off of the Historic Columbia River Highway, cascades over two rocky cliffs. A small lookout provides visitors with a view from the bottom of the falls.

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  • The Dalles Dam

    The Dalles Dam serves as a landmark for the east terminus of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Windsurfers on the Columbia River

    Windsurfers take advantage of a beautiful windy day in Hood River, Oregon, the windsurfing capital of the world.

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  • Portland, Oregon

    Portland greets visitors to the the west terminus of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Horsetail Falls

    A steady, thin stream of water cascades at Horsetail Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.

  • Latourell Falls

    Latourell Falls spills into a calm creek surrounded by lush greenery as two onlookers enjoy the scenery.

  • Historic Bridge on the Columbia River Highway

    Lush greenery overflows near this historic bridge on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls

    This delicate-looking but strong bridge provides an opportunity for photographing the falls.

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  • Sunrise over Multnomah Falls

    Sunlight glints through the forest above Multnomah Falls, August 2001

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  • Multnomah Falls Lodge and Multnomah Falls

    Multnomah Falls Lodge with Multnomah Falls behind.

  • Horsetail Falls

    Horsetail Falls cascades into a small pool at Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

  • Vista House at Crown Point

    A blue sky arcs over Vista House at Crown Point on a sunny day.

  • Multnomah Falls and Benson Bridge in October

    This shot, taken in October, shows Multnomah Falls and Benson Bridge looking up from below.

  • Artist Paints View from Chanticleer Point

    An artist paints the view from Women's Forum State Park or Chanticleer Point on a cloudy day.

  • Monument at Portland Women's Forum State Park Entrance

    This monument can be seen at Portland Women's Forum State Park Entrance or Chanticleer Point.

  • Looking East Along the Columbia River from the Rowena Loops

    This is a shot looking east along the Columbia River and gorge from the beginning of the Rowena Loops.

  • Starvation Creek

    Water rushes rapidly over stones covered with moss. Starvation Creek winds through the Oregon landscape, trees, and bushes rising next to the flow.

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  • Visiting Multnomah Falls

    Visitors at Multnomah Falls look up at the water hurtling down the sheer cliff.

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  • Pedestrian Bridge over Eagle Creek on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    This pedestrian bridge spans Eagle Creek at Eagle Creek Recreation Area on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • View from Chanticleer Point at Portland Women's Forum State Park

    This "wow" view from Chanticleer Point at Portland Women's Forum State Park, was taken in the morning. August 2001

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  • Tour Group Having Lunch at Eagle Creek Recreation Area on the Historic Columbia River Highway

    This Byway Conference tour group is having lunch at Eagle Creek Recreation Area on the Historic Columbia River Highway

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  • Windsurfing, a Popular Sport on the Columbia River

    Windsurfing is very popular on the Columbia River--Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Vista House

    The Vista House, crafted from stone and stained glass, is one of Historic Columbia River Highway's most popular sites.

  • Vista House Interior

    The interior of the Vista House features beautiful craftsmanship and detail, as shown by a stair banister and the window frames.

  • Overlooking "Chicken Charlie's Island"

    Chicken Charlie's Island, also known as Eighteen Mile Island, is the only privately owned island in the Gorge. It is home to a private summer home.

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  • Overlooking Memaloose Island

    The Columbia River flows peacefully past Memaloose Island on a sunny day. A local pioneer named Victor Trevitt is buried on Memaloose Island. When you are there, you can see his grave marker. Native bones were removed during the construction of Bonneville Dam and are (slowly) being repatriated back to the tribes for reburial.

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  • The Mosier Twin Tunnels along the Historic Columbia River Highway

    The restored section of the Historic Columbia River Highway winds under the Mosier Twin Tunnels.

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  • Island in the Columbia River

    A small island rests on the border of Washington and Oregon in the middle of the Columbia River near Memaloose State Park, as seen from the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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