This is truly a Scenic Bypass!! When you start in Troutdale (Stop at Troutdale Chamber of Commerce for wonderful maps and information of the area. You can Google the address and it is not out of the way) you see several beautiful waterfalls along the way. We did not do any hiking but several can be viewed from the road or by pulling into a parking area. Unfortunately Vista House was closed when we went due to road construction but we were able to see it from Chanticlear Point. On the section of the highway which is past Hood River there are magnificent views of the River and Gorge from Rowena Crest and miles of fruit trees along the flatter part of the highway. In May there were wildflowers everywhere. I would love to return in the fall. The drive it probably less than an hour from Troutdale to Hood River and even less from Hood River to The Dallas but you need to allow plenty of time to stop and view the scenery and take pictures
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