US30 historical: Chanticlear Point(sh)
Following historical US30 east means following a road that
was designed with aesthetics in mind, very different from
today's modern roads. You immediately notice the rock
railings, that would never fit into the picture of a road
with a recent budget. That and many other things make this
road a joy to ride on a bicycle. This little summit has two
great view points. Here, what man built, really harmonizes
with what nature built.
WEST: Dabney State Rec Area, Troutdale
2.(860ft,mile05.5)Chanticlear Point overlook
3.(900ft,mile06.0)TOP: jct with East Larch Mtn Rd on
5.(110ft,mile12.6)START-END EAST: low point on
historical US30, just west of I84 Bridal Veil exit
From West. The profile follows historical US30 (this
is a different road than US30 in most places) from Troutdale
east. This is a really mellow climb through woods, with one
Mount Hood sighting from near the Corbett High School. Near the
summit , but before the first viewpoint, is a junction with an
an optional much steeper approach to this route via Corbett
Road. But to get to lower start of Corbett Road, you have ride
on I84 to exit 22, legal but noisy.
Following along the almost suburban top of the plateau, the
route on the profile passes what was for me the nicest view
point of the western Columbian Gorge: Chanticlear Point. The
view stretches west to the other obligatory stop on this
route, a pavilion like structure, perched on a rock above the
Columbia: Vista House. Below it, vertical rocks lead to a blue
surface with choppy white waves. Beacon Rock, a free standing
rocky mountain on the other side of the Columbina, makes the
exlamation mark in the landscape. Another reason this place
makes such a harmonic appearance is the way the view point and
its surrounding construction, consisting of monuments, stone
railings and landscaping is structured. It seems to be a place
where nobody cannot smile when they have their picture taken.
Past the viewpoint, the road reaches its highest point near
the turnoff up Larch Mountain Road.
From East. The second view point is quickly reached.
It is on the opposite side of the road where you would expect to
be. The inside contains a number of interesting history tidbits
about the historic Columbia Highway. The road quickly enters
dense forest. A number of old bridges with interesting stone
work and waterfalls give more reasons (not excuses) to stop. One
that I enjoyed particularly, and pictures are included here is
the maybe 100ft long trail into Sheppard's Dell.
The profile continues to Bridal Veil State Park, also a
junction with US30 and I84.
Dayride with this point as highest summit:
( < US30 Rowena
Crest(sh) | FR99
Bear Meadow s(u) > )
US30 (historical): Chanticlear Point(sh) , Corbett Road -
US30 (historical) (sh): Herman Creek Road near Lyle <>
US30 historical route using bike path whenever possible west
<> Cascade Locks <> Bonnevlille <> Multinomah
Faools <> Bridal Veil State Park >> closed loop: I84
west > up Corbett Road > Corbett Road - US 30
(historical)(sh) > US30 historical west > Troutdale with
detours > US30 historical east > US30(historical):
Chanticlear Point(sh) > back to Bridal Veil State Park
>> back to starting point: 84.7miles with 4690ft of
climbing in 6:38hrs (VDo MC1.0 r2:13.8.20).