Corbett Things to Do
Highway 84 Viewpoint
I would like to be able to say that this little viewpoint on a small knob that sticks out from the south bank of the Columbia River provides a great first view and preview into the depths of the Columbia River Gorge. Unfortunately, I can't say that because it is only accessible from the west bound side of Interstate 84, so you have to be leaving the wonders of the Columbia Gorge behind you when you use this viewpoint.
This means that this viewpoint actually provides one last glimpse of the wonders of the Columbia River Gorge.
Going west on Interstate 84, the viewpoint is just past the Corbett Exit. It is well marked from the highway.
Other than the wonderful view upriver, and the view of the Vista House and Rooster Rock, plus a historical marker, there really isn't too much to this little viewpoint. There aren't even marked parking places. There are no restrooms here.
This is a popular place for heavy interstate trucks to stop and check their loads and trailers, and therefore finding a place to park during heavy truck traffic periods can be difficult. It doesn't have that much in the way of space to begin with. Be very careful of people parked along the entrance to the viewpoint.
The best time to come is either close to dawn or close to sunset. Close to sunset on a clear day is really nice because the setting sun hits the rocks on the side of the canyon wall.Related to:
- Road Trip
Portland Women's Forum State Park
The Vista House (see above tip) would never have achieved its iconic state if it weren't for the beautiful view of it perched on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.
Those wonderful post card photographs have to be taken from somewhere. This state park sits atop Chanticleer Point and provides the necessary spot to see the Vista House from its most famous location.
The Portland Women's Forum supported the construction of this viewpoint, and thus it is named in their honor.
There are a number of coin operated viewing scopes available from here, but you will find that it is better to bring your own telephoto equipment. They are also quite unnecessary, as the beauty of this spot really is just being above and beyond everything, and there really isn't that much interesting to see by zooming in on any of it.
While large vehicles do park here from time to time, it is certainly not designed for them, and any sort of large vehicle will have a lot of trouble from here eastward on the Columbia Gorge Highway.Related to:
- Road Trip
Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
Crown Point can be considered the beginning or the end of the Columbia River Gorge, depending on whether you're heading east or west, respectively. Coming from Portland on the Historic Columbia River Highway, Crown Point and the iconic Vista House are the first things you'll see as you enter the gorge area. Crown Point provides fantastic views of the gorge to the east and the Columbia River as it heads towards Portland to the east. The octagonal Vista House, built in 1916, is a museum and gift shop as well as having a balcony on the second floor for more great views of the surrounding gorge. This spot is definitely worth a stop and get a good view of the beautiful area. We were heading through the gorge and stopped to see nine waterfalls and finished up with a stop at Crown Point. We had been hiking around in the woods all day finding waterfalls, and Crown Point made a great last stop to see the "big picture" of the entire gorge.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park