Saturday, April 28
Finding the orchards in Hood River well past their prime bloom, I went for a morning walk on the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, starting at the Mosier end. This is one of a few old sections of Historic Columbia River Highway that are converted to trails for joggers, hikers and bikers.
The cliffhanging trail is guard-railed by the Historic Highway’s classic stone arches and white wood rails. The views out over the Columbia River are sweeping. The balsamroot are in prime bloom along the trail, and a bicyclist told me that he saw a peregrine falcon up on the cliffs just above the east tunnel entrance.
The twin tunnels, restored for passage in 1996, run along inside the face of a cliff. Windows are cut out through the cliff’s face to provide views out over the Columbia River.
Next time I’m here with my family, we must take our bicycles for this and some of the other converted sections of old Columbia River Highway.