Next segment of Historic Columbia River Highway bike trail takes shape

This segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway bike trail is shown during March 2019. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

The U.S. Forest Service says the next segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State bike trail is starting to take shape.

It’s an engineering feat first approved by legislators in 1986 and is meant to connect three abandoned or rundown stretches of the historic highway.

The latest segment runs about eight miles from Wyeth Campground to Lindsey Creek State Park. That’s between Cascade Locks and Hood River.

Last month, Forest Service staff did a walk-through to check on the progress.

They say this last stretch is some of the most difficult terrain, with steep, rocky slopes, bridges and tunnels.

It’s a costly project, but officials think it will pay off in tourism dollars.

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