I recently visited this lovely place not far east of town at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge. With the injury I can’t do much hiking, horseback riding (of course) or even the gym. Long drives are a bad idea too. So I’ve been going up to my favorite little photo spots nearby. This is one of those spots.
To get there from Portland. drive east on I84 past Troutdale, east of Portland, Oregon. A few miles from Troutdale you will take the Corbett exit. Drive up the steep winding hill and at the top continue east (left) on the Historic Columbia River Highway. You pass beautiful pastureland with stunning views of the mountains on the Washington side of the river. Not far down the road you’ll see a sign for Portland Women’s Forum Park. This is a simple pull-out on the left that allows a view of Crown Point and on up the Gorge.
This view is justifiably popular with photographers, especially at sunset. The low sun often spotlights Crown Point and the iconic Vista House on top. Vista House was constructed, along with the Historic Highway, by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help get Americans back to work during the depression. The rock-work and rails are very well built and very picturesque as well.
You can continue along the Historic Highway past Crown Point and down along the river. You will pass many waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls. I wrote a recent waterfall post, so check that out for photos of some of the cascades in the Gorge.
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