Mosier Things to Do
The Mosier Totem Pole was sculpted by Jeff Stewart From Nearby Dufur Oregon. Dufur is just south of The Dalles. The totem depicts the history of the town and celebrates its past. I've seen many Pacific northwest Totem Poles but this one is a little different. It is much more detailed with a lot of flowing curves.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
In the 1980s, there was a dream to dig the debris out of the "Twin Tunnels" feature of the old Columbia Gorge highway, and restore the old road for use as a walking and biking trail.
Slowly, that has come to pass, and the section between Hood River and Mosier is one of the spots where the features of the old highway may be seen.
A more complete description may be found on my Hood River section, where I have a bit of a description of the Twin Tunnels feature of the trail, and the Columbia River Highway State Trail as a more general area.
The west end of the trail in Hood River definitely has more features: the toilets are flush toilets, and there is a visitor's center that is staffed on a regular basis (though has very limited hours). The Mosier end of the trail has simple pit toilets and the main parking lot is separated from the actual trail because of the limited space available.
The Hood River end of the trail is certainly where you want to go if you want a fairly long walk, as the Twin Tunnels are about 4 miles (about 7 km) from the end of the trail.
If all you want to do is to see the Twin Tunnels, then the Mosier End is where you want to start your walk, as the tunnels are only about 1 mile (less than 2 km) from the parking lot.
You will have several good views of the Columbia River from the trail between the end of the trail and the Twin Tunnels including a stone viewpoint just east of the tunnels. However, the views available here aren't quite as spectacular as the stone viewpoint that is slightly to the west of the tunnels. If you want to extend your walk a little ways, I would highly suggest going to the stone viewpoint that is less than 2 more miles (slightly more than 3 km) past the tunnels.
There are two parking areas for the Mosier Trailhead. The several parking places that are right at the main entrance to the trail are reserved for handicapped / other holders of a motor vehicle disabled parking permit. The main parking lot is somewhat uphill from the trailhead.
After you arrive at the main parking area, you will need to walk downhill from the parking lot beside the road. There is a paved trail that parallels the road to the place where the old highway has been turned into the trail.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Mosier Creek Falls is a fairly small waterfall by Columbia Gorge standards. The fall is only about 130 feet (39 m) but looks even smaller due to the vantage point you are given. This waterfall makes for a good stop in your travel through the Columbia River Gorge and is one of the last ones as you travel east that leads to a waterfall.
The positive thing is that it is easily accessible and not a very long hike. Only about 1/4 of a mile (.4 km) from the main road and passes through a pioneer cometary along the way. The newly constructed apartments represent a population growth for this town which will likely double the population of the town.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking