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Day 5, July 20 Columbia River Gorge

Monday July 20th, 09 - Today, After visiting the Depot Rail Museum in Troutdale, Mike Bruening and I
  took the Historic Columbia River Highway east to Cascade Locks with stops at two Columbia
  River Gorge overlooks, Vista House, hikes to six breathtaking waterfalls , and a mountain road
  side  trip to view five pikes form Sherrard Viewpoint. The day ends at the Bridge of the Gods.

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Troutdale Columbia River Gorge & Mountain Views
Depot Rail Museum Portland Women's Forum Viewpoint Larch Mountain Road to Sherrard Viewpoint Sherrard Viewpoint - Mt Hood Vista house
Depot Rail Museum
15 photos
Portland Women's
 Forum Viewpoint
10 photos
Larch Mountain Road
 to Sherrard Viewpoint
25 photos
Vista House
Comfort House
24 photos
Waterfalls & more on the Historic Columbia River Highway
Bottom of Latourell Falls Bowtie of Shepperds Dell Falls Hiden Bridal Veil Falls Upper Wahkeena Falls Log Benson Bridge Over Multnomah Falls
Latourell Falls
11 photos
Shepperds Dell Falls
10 photos
Bridal Veil Falls
11 photos
Wahkeena Falls
13 photos
Multnomah Falls ..
35 photos
Upper Multnomah Falls from Benson Bridge Inside the Oneonta Tunnel Hosretail Falls "Pond" Bridge of the Gods - Cascade Locks,Oregon Cascade Locks Marine Park
from Benson Bridge Restored Tunnel
5 photos
Horsetail Falls
6 photos
Bridge of the Gods
13 photos
Cascade Locks Park
10 photos

Troutdale (east of Portland)  
Before crossing the Historical Sandy River Bridge to the being of Historic Columbia River Highway, We
drive thru downtown and visited the all-America landmark, The Rail Depot Museum, (Old UP train station).

I-84 East, Mont Hood & Downtown

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Mont Hood from Eastbound I-84 Downtown  Town's History

The Rail Depot Museum - a Hampton All-American Landmark

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A Hampton Hotel landmark - Sign Info The Waiting Room Inside the ...
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.... Ticket Counter The Station Master Desk Area ...
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... up close    ... Org. fight area
& Historical Society
 Office - Org Ceiling
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The Historic Columbia River Highway Columbia River Highway PDF Map
 We followed The Historic Columbia River Highway east toward, Cascade Locks
 with stops at two Columbia River overlooks, Vista House, and six waterfalls
 and side trip on Larch Mountain Road (14.5 Miles) to Sherrard Viewpoint

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Sandy River Bridge Vista House

Portland Women's Forum Viewpoint @ Chanticleer Point - 07 photos

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  Monument to Northwest Explorer
including Lewis & Clark
National Historic
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View of the Columbia River Vista House  

Side Trip: Larch Mountain Road to Sherrard Viewpoint
   After 20 minutes dive up thru the temporal rain forest to a parking lot, hike ¼ mile, up the last fight of
   stairs, boom, we feel like to up in the clouds viewing five nearby pikes. This is not on Alp mountain top,
   but in the northwest United States. a few hours drive from the Pacific Ocean.

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Long Drive... .... to park, Next take a  1/4 mile hike and
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  Mount Hood framed ... up last flight of stair to Sherrard Viewpoint

Cloud View of five Mountain Pikes – Clockwise from the South.
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Mt. St. Helens Mt. Rainier Mt. Adams Mt Hood Mt Jefferson
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360° View Mt Hood Steps form Top Long drive Back

Vista House - Comfort House @ Crown Point* - 07 photos
   This restored (reopen summer 2005) Historic Comfort House has a great view of the Columbia River
   from its wrap around observation decks. The lower level has a gift shop and exhibits on the history of
   the Vista House and Columbia River Highway.

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Far left: 
   Crown Point - a registered
   Natural landmark Maker

Mid & left:
  Approaching the Vista house
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 View of the Columbia River Gorge from wrap around road Deck- East to West I-84 Overlook#
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Inside One of four column history panels^ Up to the ...
Steve & Mike

I-84 Overlook#
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River Sweep ... Observation decks - View counter clockwise from East Down
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 Lower Lever - displays of the Columbia River Highway  ...  ... and Vista House History.
  Some thumbnail are displayed out of order for better presentation.  Link to *An wikipedia article  #07 photos.

  This afternoon, after viewing the Columbia River Gorge and mountain pikes from above, Mike Bruening &
  I visited six breathtaking falls and one restored tunnel.  Every waterfall is worth the hike to view them.

Latourell Falls - Waterfalls of the Northwest Guide Info - 07 photos
  Unlike my 2007 hike to the top, we hiked to the foot of this waterfall. it gives a whole perspective,.

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Sweep up falls
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In 2007 I hiked
to top of this fall
from here.
  In Motion Sweep Dn Panorama* viewing bench  
  *A graphic artist photo merges two photos into this vertical Panorama.

Shepperds Dell Falls - Waterfalls of the Northwest Guide Info
  It easy to miss the sign for this falls. Our reward of walking the down this curved hillside
  path is this bowtie shaped falls and view of arch highway bridge from below.

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Dive to fall    Sweep Dn Path to Fall  
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bridge from path The bottom...  ... of the Fall Path back to road "Bowtie"

Bridal Veil Falls - Waterfalls of the Northwest Guide Info
   Viewing this falls was well worth the 3/8 mile long hike down the winding path
   and up the last flight of stairs.

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  I choose falls Trail Trail map & Info  
Up to View
Sweep Dn
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Sweep Dn
This way out!

Wahkeena Falls  - Waterfalls of the Northwest Guide Info - 07 photos
   We walk 1/4 mile to the bridge over the lower falls.  the log is still from my last visit.

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  From the Fall  ... Sweep... .. to the Bridge
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Multnomah Falls  - Waterfalls of the Northwest Guide Info - 07 photos
   After spending time at the Gift Shop and Visitor Center, we walked to the first switchback past the
   Benson Bridge.  Because of my fear of heights, I could not hike the other 10 switchback to the top.
      This 620-foot waterfall is highest in Oregon and second highest year-round waterfall in the United States.

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Left: Multnomah Fall Lodge
   Visitor Center & Gift Shop,
   Restaurant Above

Right: Hiking Loop Trail map
Multnomah falls Area Hike Map
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Visitor Center's Columbia River Gorge displays
Top to Bottom
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Falls in Motion
The Multnomah Falls from Below - Benson Bridge span the lower falls
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 Short Hike to the Bridge The Multnomah falls from the Benson Bridge* In motion
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  The falls framed by the bridge railing In motion The Multnomah falls beyond the Bridge
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Hike the Larch Mountain Trail ... ... to the first 0f 11 switchbacks to top
Left to Right
  Upper falls from Mountain trail.
     Viewing Plaza below.
    Bridge from the Mountain trail.
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    Back to Benson Bridge & ....
  Some thumbnail are displayed out of order for better presentation. *From Historic Columbia River Highway Site

Oneonta Gorge & Restored Tunnel
   After a short trek into the Oneonta Gorge, we walked through the restored Oneonta Tunnel*.  At one
   time the Historic Columbia River Highway went though Oneonta cliff because a rail line pass next to it.
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  *From Historic Columbia River Highway Site

Horsetail Falls  - Waterfalls of the Northwest Guide Info
   Unlike other Waterfalls we visited, this one fall into large roadside pond.

Sweep Dn
... to Rocks
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Cascade Locks  
This is last stop on our trek east through the Columbia River Gorge.
The town is name after a Historic locks on the Columbia River. Bridge of the Gods
   First, we viewed a mural painted on bridge pier on the Oregon side of the river.
   Next we take few steps out and enjoyed the beauty of the bridge and its surround.

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   A Bridge through Time Mural
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 a Native American legend said
a land bridge one stood.
 Tollhouse to Washington statesweep View to East    

Cascade Locks Marine Park
   A few blocks away at the Maritime Park, we viewed the Bridge of the Gods from the bridge over the
   historical locks and read the history of the locks on the Columbia River Island display.  We did not visit
   any historical buildings or museums because they were closed in the evening.

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Bridge of the Gods
From park shore
Columbia Gorge
Looking West form the bridge
over the historic Cascade looks*
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A Columbia River Island display on history of the Cascade Locks 360 from East
*Link to an wikipedia article.

P7201615 The day ended with a late evening Dinner at Cascade Locks Café,
near the Columbia Gorge Inn. I have a delicious bacon cheeseburger.

Afterward, we took I-84 east to Portland
and I-205 south to Pat's Home in Gladstone, Oregon.

Portland 2009 Trip - Day 5, July 20 - Day in the Mountains / Columbia River Gorge

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