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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Hood River to Mosier [CLOSED]

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Hood River to Mosier [CLOSED] is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mosier, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 784 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Road biking Walking Bird watching Running Forest Partially paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Closed
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Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Reviews (110)
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Recordings (86)
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Haley Jane
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Kathy Berkley
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Road biking

I love the width and surface of this trail, the views of the Columbia River are spectacular, pedaling thru the tunnel is great fun, and this trail is great for recharging my mental battery. I have an e-assist bike so going up and down the hills is pleasurable.

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Dillon Van Rensburg
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Hiking

Good for a casual stroll, get the juices flowing.

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J Bond
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Hiking

Easy, all pavement, and beautiful vistas off the gorge!

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Allen Weast
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Gary Michaud
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Hiking

Great paved trail on the old highway. Did the 14 miles from Ainsworth state park to cascade locks campgrounds in the first week of May. Hit the weather perfect, 70s in the day mid to lower 50s at night. The sun really heats the air up quick. Overall the trip was 5 star because everyone is so welcoming and the nature is amazing. Two thumbs up.

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Glenn Crowther
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Running

Not a great trail for ‘trail running’. Paved and steep inclines and declines. Beautiful views, especially with leaves changing colors. Tough run.

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Sable Duback
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Walking

The downside to walking this is there is a LOT of bikers. But, it’s a beautiful and easy walk with many scenic stops to view the Columbia River and cute waterfall near the beginning. I take my 3 kids out on this often and they love it, just have to keep them close due to fast bikers.

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Donna Pearson
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Hiking

Wonderful walk after lunch with our two dogs. Shaded paved and not many people on the trail. Great parking for our truck and trailer and a small $5 fee for use. Bathrooms at the start of the trail and a picnic area. Walked 3 miles total and the views were amazing over the River.

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Rod Theer
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Hiking

One of our favorite bike rides in the Gorge ☺️ We walk it now and then too!

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Cyndi Dawson
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Hiking

One of my favorite jog/walk areas in Hood River. Wonderful views and easy inclines.

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Britt Beeson
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Walking

Gorgeous is one word to describe this trail! The views of the Columbia River are breathtaking! The trail is wide and paved from start to finish! Most of the time the whir of traffic below is nonexistent due to the beautiful trees that serve as a natural sound barrier. When the vehicle noise is present, it makes me appreciate the opportunity to break away from life and enjoy God’s creation that much more.

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Nick Thurin
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Hiking

Make sure to stop by the Portland Womens Forum State Park. It overlooks the most beautiful part

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Zena Begin
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Road biking

Beautiful path to ride your bike on.

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Tina Trittin
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Walking

The trail is nicely paved and wide enough for the bikers to pass us comfortably. lovely views of the Columbia River. highly recommend going to the Mosier Tunnels. Total cost for parking is $5. Good trail to walk/hike/bike!

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Cobi Sims
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Hiking

Beautiful trail along the scenic Columbia Gorge. It was a bit cold in January...but a beautiful crisp clear day.

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The Ohh6 Rattler
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Ok, would be a nice bike ride. I just walked for a few miles then turned around. Most of the views were blocked by trees.

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Aden Blake
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Road biking

Nice trail. Mostly shaded for the majority of the trail. We had our mountain bikes and pulled our son on a trailer, it was quite a bit of work but felt good after finishing!

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Heidi Hedlund
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Walking

Love this trail. It’s perfect for me. Nice mix of uphill, rolling, and downhill terrain.

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Karl User
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Very easy trail surrounded by beautiful mother nature.

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Scott Hansen
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Good stuff

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Chris Condray
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Hiking

Great little walk, but I have ran into rattle snakes multiple times. Keep dogs leashed due to snakes and a lot of bikes.

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Tom Barger
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Road biking

Nice!

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Nikki Fimple
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Walking

Go here quite a bit with the dog...has amazing views and the tunnels are fun to walk in. Lots of lookouts to take in the beautiful Columbia gorge! The only thing is, Watch Out for Bikes!! They come in fast and do NOT slow down (most of them anyways). It is a very wide paved trail so always be sure to stay on the right side as well as your pet! You don't want to get run over! :-/ I find it best to hit this trail as early as possible, less bikes the earlier you go.

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Stuart Z
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Hiking

The east first few miles are more scenic. Lots of snow in between trailheads during winter means you're better off with snow shoes although is still hikable, my shoes did get water in them. The tunnel is great and worth seeing, so I recommend starting on the eastern side. Pretty flat the whole way. Follows a highway so you always hear traffic.

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Stan Goold
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Nice ride, great views!

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Rudy Bello
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Nice hike for kids

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Citlalli Rome
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Walking

It was beautiful a bit long but well worth the wait the tunnels are beautiful !!!

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Karen Kern
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The tunnels are cool and the trail is long enough to make a day of it with a picnic. Dogs must be leashed and they are strict about it. $5.00 day use fee. Camping nearby. Pretty ride or run.

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Kurt Miller
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Road biking

This is a great route between Hood River and The Dalles. It is much less busy than the ride by Crown Point in the west end of the Gorge, but offers very similar sweeping vistas. This is not an easy ride, as there are some challenging and long elevation changes. Fun going down, but rough climbing up. Overall, with the views, pretty hard to beat.

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