On Saturday, August 3rd, a new stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is set to open.
This has been a labor of love, as ODOT has continued to work on connecting the 3 broken segments of the historic trail, once the first major paved highway in the Pacific Northwest, and the first scenic highway constructed in the US.
The new 3-mile long section begins at the Wyeth Trail Head, extending just past Lindsay Creek before connecting to another 3-mile section to Viento State Park. With this trail opening, it will connect almost 73 miles of the old 75 mile Historic Columbia River Highway.
ODOT has tried to remain true to the highway’s original alignment, using medallions to mark where the old and new highway meets up. This addition to the trail also adds to the safety for travelers, as in the past hikers and cyclists had to traverse a stretch of I-84 around Shellrock Mountain.
Have you ever hiked any of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail? If so, what was your experience? What was your favorite scenic view while traversing the trail?