Mt. Hood Scenic Byway

Department of Transportation.

On this byway volcanoes once erupted and mammoth floods scoured deep gorges. Discover geologic wonders, waterfalls, temperate rain forests and wild rivers. Explore pastoral valleys with farm-fresh produce. Experience the formidable last leg of the Oregon Trail, the Barlow Road. Enjoy this bountiful wonderland that the pioneers called "paradise."


Getting to the Byway:

Portland, OR
* Take Hwy 26 east to the Sandy River. * Take exit #18 to Sandy River Bridge. * Turn right across the bridge where the byway begins.

Navigating the Byway:
* The byway route starts at the west end of the Historic Columbia River Highway/All-American Road where the Troutdale Bridge crosses the Sandy River and Glenn Otto Park Road. Accessible from Interstate-84 at exit 18, the Byway goes through downtown Troutdale via Glenn Otto Park Road/Historic Columbia River Hwy. * The route continues (through Wood Village) with a left on Halsey Street followed by a left on 238th Street. The name changes to 242nd street before the route turns left onto Burnside Street in Gresham. * Heading east on Burnside, the route follows Palmquist Road to the left followed by a quick right turn onto Orient Drive. * The byway veers left onto Dodge Park Boulevard before turning right on Lusted Road and then left on Ten Eyck Road. * The route then heads west with a right turn onto Highway 26 in Sandy. A right onto Bluff Road will take visitors to Jonsrud Viewpoint before returning to Highway 26 heading east (left) toward Mt. Hood. Take a short 6-mile side trip on Highway 211 from Sandy to visit Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek and return to Sandy. * Along Highway 26 the route goes through the Villages of Mt. Hood (Brightwood, Welches, Wemme, Zig Zag, and Rhododendron). * Once on the mountain, the route continues with a left on the Highway 26 business loop through the village of Government Camp and the 6-mile Timberline Road up to Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. * Continuing east on Highway 26 from Timberline Road, the route follows Highway 35 north toward Hood River, the byway's eastern end.

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