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green HCRHT: Twin Tunnels Trail

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Trail

4.6 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
Paved Path
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 236' 72 m
Descent: -371' -113 m
High: 519' 158 m
Low: 217' 66 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

Overlooks, views, and tunnels make this part of Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail great.

Eric Ashley

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Family Friendly The pedaling is easy and the tunnel can be a lot of fun.

• Both the East and West Mark O. Hatfield Trailheads require a Oregon State Parks Day-Use Parking Permit.
• This is a popular multi-use trail. Watch speeds and yield appropriately.

Description

It wasn't until 2000 that this beautiful section of restored Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opened to the public.

From the west, start at the Mark Hatfield West Trailhead near the visitor center for a short section of climbing through the trees. Soon you'll reach a long gradual descent and more regular views of the river below.

Another gradual climb ends near a nice lookout with expansive view of the gorge. There's roughly half a mile more pedaling before the entrance to the west tunnel is reached just after a large structure designed to catch rocks. The combined length of the tunnels is quite short and visibility remains good throughout. There are also a few side passages leading to windows know as adits.

Directly after the exit from the west tunnel is a stone-walled lookout on the edge of the gorge that provides nice views of the river and Eighteen Mile Island below. In April and May the grassy area around the lookout brightens with several types of wildflowers including balsamroot. If you're looking for a shorter out-and-back option, this is a popular spot to turn around.

The end of the trail is soon reached along a final descent to Rock Creek Road. To reach the Mark Hatfield East Trailhead follow the connector trail along the shoulder of the road for a short climb.

This content was contributed by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. To find more trails they recommend and to learn about their efforts to support the Columbia Gorge click here.

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Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

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May 4, 2019
Travis Odehnal
We went from the east trailhead to the west one, then back. It was a paved path. It was an easy, relaxing ride with many great views throughout 9.9mi — 1h 43m
Nov 25, 2018
Steve Sheller
Aug 25, 2018
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9.2mi

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