"Columbia River Gorge" Hood River by rids
Hood River Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 145 photos
<p>Hood River is a little town on I-84 about halfway along the Columbia River Gorge. Only stopped in Hood River for gas, so the photos are views of the Columbia River from one of the most scenic interstate highways in the West.
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There are many things to see along I-84, especially some spectacular waterfalls. For Eagle Creek (Trail 440), the most popular in the gorge, take <b><font color=blue>Exit 41 on I-84</font></b>. The trail follows a path carved into basaltic cliffs and features petrified trees, spring wildflower displays and "High Bridge," 150 feet above Eagle Creek, and <b><font color=blue>Punch Bowl and Tunnel falls</font></b>. The trail is a little pathway along the cliff wall, and has no outer guardrails along precipitous stretches, so it is not suitable for children. Punch Bowl Falls is 2.1 miles from the trailhead and Tunnel Falls (the trail tunnels behind it) is 6 miles.
For <b><font color=blue>Horsetail Falls</font></b> (Trail 438), take <b><font color=blue>Exit 35 off I-84 and head 1.4 miles west on the Columbia River Historic Highway</b></font> to a parking area you can't miss because Horsetail Falls roars out of a cliff directly across the road, then flows under a bridge. Follow the trail to the top of Horsetail and then inland, and in 1/2 mile you'll reach <b><font color=blue>Ponytail Falls</font></b>, where the path actually passes through a chamber behind the falls. Continue another 1.2 miles to <b><font color=blue>Triple Falls</font></b>, which plunges in three branches more than 100 feet.
<b><font color=blue>Exit 31 is Multnomah Falls historic site</font></b>. The falls, the fourth highest in the U.S., plunge 542 feet and are reached by a short path from the parking area.
At the Bonneville Dam exit is a sturgeon fish hatchery. The Dalles is a good place to cross over to Hwy 14 on the north shore if you want a change of pace from the interstate.
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