Coast Guests Won’t Forget This Trip

Coast Guests Won’t Forget This Trip

Trip on August 8th in Portland. Ore., Along Columbia River Highway Will be One Long Remembered—To Go. Arrive Early

WHAT will probably be the most outstanding event in the series of entertainment features that is being prepared for the visitors to the convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs at Portland. Oregon, will be the trip by auto along the famous Columbia River Highway on the way to Mount Hood. This trip will take place on August 8, one day prior to the official opening of the convention, and therefore, those who plan to attend the convention will do well to arrive in Portland a day ahead.

Horse Tail Falls.Mount Hood and Hood River Valley Orchards.

This plan was made so that the pleasure trip will not interfere with the business of the convention. Many of the organized trips such as that of the Eastern Regulars will bring the visitors in that city in ample time.

The men and chiefs along the coast who have arranged this trip state that it is hardly possible to paint a word picture of the wonderful scenery along the trip. In order to give one a conception of what the traveler will see on this trip, and what those who stay away will miss, the following outline is given.

Indians Spearing Salmon at Celilo Falls. Columbia Highway Passes This Point.Mount Hood As It Looks From Laurel Hill on Mount Flood Loop.

Between Portland and Hood River lays the great gorge of the Columbia River—a chasm 2,000 feet deep, which has hoen carved straight through the backbone of the Cascade Mountains. Although the entire distance is only 69 miles by auto, train or steamer—there is crammed within this short stretch a natural wonderland, which for magnificence has no equal on the American continent.

Immense pinnacles of basalt, so high that they sweep the clouds; waterfalls that spring from cliffs, hundreds of feet above their foamy bowls; millions of flowers and ferns and forest giants, have all joined to give humankind a playground as beautiful as it is rare.

And man, through a feat of skill counted as one of the modern miracles of engineering, has provided a broad, safe, paved thoroughfare which makes them all easily and quickly accessible. To enjoy the scenic beauties of the upper highway to the fullest, the autoist should lower the top of the car.

Columbia River Highway

Cross Broadway Bridge, east along Broadway to Sandy Boulevard to Columbia River Highway.

City Limits. 5.7 miles. 82nd and Sandy Boulevard. Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 5.8 miles—The Pacific Northwest District Hospital of the Shriners’ National Hospital program for children.

County Farm, 14.2 miles—In the heart of a beautiful dairying and farming country, on the banks of the Columbia.

Troutdale, 15.3 miles—At the mouth of the Sandy River, famous for its run of smelt. The highway turns up the Sandy river canyon, a marvelous gorge of beauty that prepares the traveler for the delights that are to come.

Upper Sandy Bridge. 18.5 miles—Across this bridge are the grounds of the Shrine Club.

Springdale, 20.2 miles. Corbett Heights 22.7 miles. Chanticleer, 24.3 miles—A delightful inn, situated on a commanding point at an elevation of 890 feet.

Summit on the Bluffs. 24.5 miles—The highest point on the highway, an elevation of 925 feet.

Crown Point Chalet—A spacious and well-appointed hostelry above the highway. Crown Point. 25.5 mites—The summit of Crown Point is 725 feet above sea level and covers an area of two acres. It gives an unsurpassed view of 35 miles both east and west of the mighty Columbia River. To the north lies the beautiful landscape on the Washington shore, backed by an imposing mountain silhouette. At the base of the point stands Rooster Rock. “Vista House,” on the summit of the crest, is an imposing memorial to Oregon pioneers and a resting place for highway visitors.

The Figure Eight, 26.7 miles—The figure eight, with its eight loops represents a masterpiece of highway engineering skill, with its easy grade of 5 per cent. It passes through a stretch of wild beauty of forest and ferns.

Latourell Falls, 27.8 miles—The first of the many falls along the next 11 miles of roadway. The falls drop 227 feet.

Sheppard’s Dell, 29 miles—A picturesque spot of 11 acres of rugged beauty, including falls and forest delights. It was presented to the city of Portland by Mr. George Sheppard for use as a public park.

Bonneville Fish Hatchery—The Largest in the World

Forest Hall, 29.6 miles—Behind this charming hostelry are the “Pillars of Hercules,” two basaltic columns rising abruptly on either side of the railroad track.

Bridal Veil Bridge, 30.0 miles—The Bridal Veil Falls are immediately beneath the bridge, and not visible until you are well along on the north stretch of the curve east of the bridge.

Coopey Falls, 30.9 miles. Angel’s Rest, 31.5 miles—A high and noticeable point, elevation 1,500 feet.

Mist Falls, 32.9 miles—The falls tumble down the face of the cliff, in stages, for 1,200 feet.

Wahkeena Falls, 33.2 miles—One of the most beautiful streams of the highway. A winding trail at the right leads up to a bridge that spans the stream, from which a fine view of the lower falls can be had. Upper and lower Wahkeena F’alls, Ghost Falls, and “Look See” point are attractions of this trail, which leads along the summit of the cliffsto another trail winding up from Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls

A masterpiece of scenic beauty and the largest falls along the highway. The upper falls have a drop of 541 feet and the lower 69 feet. A short cascade flows between the two, which is spanned by the “Benson Bridge,” from which a wonderful view of the upper falls is obtained. At the farther end of the bridge, a trail zigzags up the mountain side, offering a wide view of the Columbia river and the highway below. The trail Continues to the head of the Multnomah Falls, and from there goes up Larch Mountain, a commanding viewpoint of the entire mountain country. From its summit, a perfect view of Mt. Hood, the majestic guardian of the whole district, is obtained.

Bonneville Fish Hatchery

From Multnomah Falls, the highway continues over the East Viaduct, 34 miles from Portland.

Oneonta Gorge and Tunnel, 35.9 miles—A delightful chasm, moss covered and cool, affording a new and beautiful glimpse of the beauties of the Columbia Gorge country.

Horse Tail Falls, 36.1 miles—These falls are right alongside the highway and have a sheer drop of 180 feet, with a sparkling pool at the base.

St. Peter’s Dome. 37.3 miles—Cathedral Point and Katani Mountain are the three prominent points located at the right. Yeon Mountain with an elevation of 3,878 feet, lies just east of St. Peter’s Dome.

Beacon Rock, 39.0 miles—Directly onposite on the Washington shore stands this stately rock and is visible for miles along the highway. It was named by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition to the Pacific Coast.

McCord Creek and Bridge, 40.2 miles—Here the visitor gets his first glimpse of the Columbia River fish wheel. To the right, when crossing the bridge, are seen several beautiful waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs. At the east end of the bridge, a petrified tree standing upright in the clay may be seen.

Bonneville, 42.8 miles—One of the largest fish hatcheries in the world is located at this point. Here you may see the methods used in the artificial propagation of trout and salmon.

Tanner Creek, which comes down from the mountains at this point, is a beautiful stream, much favored by fishermen.

Leaving Bonneville, after a short stop to go through the hatchery, Wauna Point, a commanding summit 2,500 feet high is noticed. A trail leading to its top leaves the highway a short distance east from Bonneville.

Summit or Eagle’s Nest, 43.9 miles—Just before beginning to descend the grade down to Eagle Creek, is the point or “toe” on which rested the Oregon end of the fabled “Bridge of the Gods,” which according to Indian Lore, once spanned the mighty Columbia. Table Mountain on the opposite shore, with an elevation of 3,420 feet, was supposed to have been the northern pier.

Eagle Creek, 44.3 miles—The most favored picknicking and camping spot on the highway. Bake ovens and numerous tables are scattered throughout the woods near the creek, making an excellent luncheon spot. This district is under the supervision of the United States Government Forestry Service. A trail leading up Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake and Chinidere Mountain, a distance of 15 miles, offers easy travelling to those who wish to get back into the mountains. Metlako Falls is two miles up. The “Devil’s Punch Bowl,” two and a half, and the High Bridge, four miles up the trail are well worth the time necessary to see them.

From Eagle Creek, the highway continues along the high bluffs of the Columbia.

Cascade Locks, 48 miles—Here the great waters of the Columbia are confined to a narrow gorge and plunge through in wild fury. Legend has it that these rapids were formed by the falling of the “Bridge of the Gods,” as recorded in the Indian legends. The United States Government has constructed a series of locks around the rapids to make the stream navigable.

To Hood River

From Cascade Locks the first noticeable change in the type of scenery begins. The “backbone” of the Cascade range has been passed, and a gradual opening up of the Columbia gorge is noted.

On the Washington side is Wind mountain, a conical mountain that derives its name from the peculiar gales that blow around it. Back of the mountain, Wind river empties into the Columbia.

Business District of Portland, With Mount Hood in the Background.

Mitchell’s Point, 62 miles—A day-lighted tunnel through this cliff affords unique views through its “windows.” No parking of cars is allowed in the tunnel. Use the place provided at the east end and walk back to the tunnel to get this superb scenic effect.

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Coast Guests Won’t Forget This Trip

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Hood River, 68 miles—The confluence of the Hood River with the Columbia. At the head of the Hood River Valley, which is famous the world over for its fruits, especially apples, strawberries, and small fruits, stands noble Mt. Hood, the most beautiful and accessible of the snow peaks of the Cascade Range.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood, the “Most Beautiful Mountain in America,” is Oregon’s premier mountain playground. It is reached on the north side over the famous Columbia River Highway. The majestic mountain is always in front of you, and thundering below is the Hood River. An occasional glimpse to the rear will show a splendid view of Mt. Adams, in Washington. In this district is raised some of the world’s finest apples.

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