HCRH State Trail - Wyeth to Viento

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

View of Columbia River from Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

On this newest paved section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, cyclists and hikers can travel from Wyeth State Trailhead, or Forest Service Wyeth Campground, west for about 6 miles to Viento State Park. This impressive non-motorized state trail section features several scenic overlooks and four waterfalls.

Heading east from Wyeth, visitors will pass a mile of forest before crossing a talus slope at Shellrock Mountain, where rock-fall fences offer protection from falling rocks. From Shellrock Mountain the trail climbs east up the Summit Creek Viaduct to the Mossy Road, a section of the historic highway famous for once being draped in moss after decades of being abandoned. Today this section is clear of debris while surrounding slopes are still lush with ferns and moss. The trail emerges from the Mossy Road to an impressive view of the Columbia Gorge at the top of Lindsey Creek Bench Cut before continuing downhill to cross the creek, and enter a forested area where a "rest and pause" site allows visitors to view Lancaster Falls to the southeast. 

Continuing east, the trail's next feature is Hole-in-the-Wall Falls, created when Warren Creek was diverted into a tunnel and flume to protect the historic highway and railroad. Though the flume was removed when I-84 was constructed, the falls still visibly tumble from the diversion tunnel. The rest and pause area near Hole-in-the-Wall Falls is also the hiker access point for Mount Defiance Trail #413 and Starvation Ridge Trail #414. The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail passes one more waterfall -- Cabin Creek Falls -- before reaching Starvation Creek State Park restroom and parking area. East of the restroom and across the trail lies Starvation Creek Waterfall and an interpretive sign explaining the State Park's colorful name. The trail travels east for another mile before ending at Viento State Park.

Cyclists continuing east from Viento State Park to Hood River will have to use the shoulder of Interstate 84 until they reach Exit 62, where they can ride the Historic Highway -- first labelled Cascade Avenue, then Oak Street as it passes through downtown Hood River. Take a right at Second Street and head uphill one block to State Street, to stop at the Hood River Gorge Hub, where a restroom and repair tools are provided for bikers. To continue to Mosier or The Dalles, follow State Street east past China Gorge and take the winding uphill road to reach the Twin Tunnels section of the State Trail on the east side of town. See this Historic State Highway Map - Hood River to the Dalles Map to help plan your trip. 

Within the next decade or so, the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will continue to change as Oregon Department of Transportation has plans to reconnect Viento State Park to Hood River. This will be the "final five" miles of a long-term, interagency project to restore and reconnect the full 73-miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Construction will start in 2021 and be undertaken in three sections. There is no estimated completion date yet, but we will update this site periodically. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Fees Access from Viento State Park costs a $5 day use fee. Parking at Starvation Creek and Wyeth Trailhead is free.
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Spring and summer
Closest Towns: 9 miles east of Hood River, OR
6 miles west of Cascade Locks, OR 
5 miles west and across the Columbia River (and state line) from Stevenson, WA
Restroom: At Viento, Starvation Creek, and Wyeth
Operated By: Oregon State Parks

General Information

Accessibility:

ADA accessible


Directions:

Driving from Portland, OR: Travel east on I-84 to Exit 51. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right at the stop sign. Take an immediate right onto Wyeth Bench Road. Continue past the Forest Service Campground and cross the bridge to reach the Wyeth State Trailhead on your left.

Driving from Stevenson, WA: Take SR-14 west about five miles until Bridge of the Gods. Turn left onto the bridge and cross the Columbia River. At the end of the toll booth ramp, turn right onto WaNaPa Street and continue until it passes below the interstate. Make a left to head east on I-84 until Exit 51. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right at the stop sign. Take an immediate right onto Wyeth Bench Road. Continue past the Forest Service Campground and cross the bridge to reach the Wyeth State Trailhead on your left.

Driving from Hood River, OR: Travel west on I-84 to Exit 51. At the end of the off-ramp, turn left and pass under the interstate. Take the first right at the T-intersection onto Wyeth Bench Road. Continue past the Forest Service Campground and cross the bridge to reach the Wyeth State Trailhead on your left.

Suggested Bike Route from Cascade Locks, OR: Head east on WaNaPa Street to Forest Lane, then take a left on Forest Lane. Continue two miles until you pass under the interstate. Make a left onto Frontage Road and continue about a mile until Wyeth Bench Road. Take a right onto Wyeth Bench Road and continue 3.5 miles to the Wyeth State Trailhead, which will be on your right. This route is about 6.5 miles one-way.


Parking:

Parking available at Viento State Park (day use fees apply), Starvation Creek State Park, or Wyeth State Trailhead. Be aware that Starvation Creek parking fills quickly on spring and summer weekends. Wyeth Trailhead is a newer and less discovered alternative.


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