Welcome to The Western Gorge & Columbia River Highway
Finished in 1915, the Historic Columbia River Hwy winds its scenic way between Troutdale and The Dalles. Also known as Hwy 30, this thoroughfare was the first paved road in the Northwest and America's first scenic highway; it was also the last leg of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery expedition and the hellish finale for Oregon Trail pioneers.
The Columbia River Hwy offers access to gushing waterfalls in spring, wildflower displays in summer and awe-inspiring views all year round. Hikers have plenty of trailheads to choose from, and cyclists can cruise two stretches of the old highway renovated for nonvehicular use. It's slow going on busy weekends, however, and windy enough that trailers are not recommended.