Watch this video to see the final pieces of construction get completed for the new addition to the existing State Trail. The new segment of trail beings at John B. Yeon State Park (Exit 35 off I-84), is 1.6 miles in length and connects with existing State Trail. This new segment opened November 14, 2013 and allows cyclists to travel from Troutdale to Cascade Locks without ever having to ride on the shoulder of I-84.
Since it first opened for automobile traffic on July 15, 1915, the Historic Columbia River Highway has been more than a road. It’s a living monument to the achievements of Samuel Lancaster and his team, a paragon of early 20th century road building excellence. It connects urban Portlanders with the natural wonders of the Gorge and connects the smaller communities along the south side of the Columbia. And, along with the Historic Highway State Trail, it is an economic engine that delivers visitors from far and wide to hotels, restaurants, local farms, vineyards and other hospitality-oriented businesses. Here are some stories from the real people who have seen the economic benefits first hand.
This video provides an overview of the efforts to rehabilitate portions of the Historic Columbia River Highway as a State Trail. It begins by providing some of the history behind the construction of the original Historic Highway, an effort that was led by Sam Hill and Samuel Lancaster. The video then goes on to describes the Historic Highway’s demise with the construction of Interstate 84 and it also provides information about the Milepost 2016 project, which aims to remember, restore and reconnect.