036 Mitchell Point East to Ruthton Point (Milepost 2016 - Section G)

Existing HCRH & 1908 Locke's Highway Palace (2013)
Historic Columbia River Highway. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. April 30, 2013.
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I have many more photos on the way covering this section. Sub-pages will be created when it makes more sense.  12.26.14

Hood River County 8, Hood River, 1931 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 016 - Township 3 N. Range 10 E., Hood River, Clifton, Ruthton, Sonny
Atlas: Hood River County 1931
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1931
Item # US1314922
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1314922/Page+016+++Township+3+N++Range+10+E+++Hood+River++Clifton++Ruthton++Sonny/Hood+River+County+1931/Oregon/

ODOT: Milepost 2016 Reconnection Projects - Phase Two - Section G - Mitchell Point East to Ruthton Point:

Milepost 62

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/HCRH/docs/statetrailplan_sections_efgh.pdf

Trail Segment Highlights
LENGTH: 1.7 miles
2014 COST: $3.2 million

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate
slopes not exceeding 5%

• New viewpoint at Mitchell Point East and restoration of the roadway
• Quarry floor restoration on the east side of Mitchell Point
• Cars and trail users share the Mitchell Point Road, a quaint low traffic road which follows the original alignment of the Historic Highway
• A great section of the original Highway with historic walls and with great views at Ruthton Point
• Overlooks at the East Side of Mitchell Point that allow views of the historic tunnel alignment
• Restoration of ODOT quarry on the east side of Mitchell Point
• Historic Home and Barn
• Drivable section of the Historic Highway
• Scenic views from Ruthton Point

Mitchell Point East Trailhead Description:
• Old gravel/rock quarry
• No existing trailhead development
• Remnants of HCRH at historic tunnel location
• Drivable section of the HCRH ends at this site
• Invasive species and remnant ornamental landscape plantings

Trailhead Amenities:
• New tunnel through Mitchell Point
• Provide bike and hike trip staging area
• New overlooks with interpretive signage
• Improve trail access trough the site
• Provide trail information, directional signage

ODOT: Milepost 2016 Reconnection Projects - Phase Two - Section G - Mitchell Point East to Ruthton Point

Funding (As of May 2013):

Environmental: Complete
Engineering: $.5 Million Needed
Construction: $2.8 Million Needed
Total Funds Needed: $3.3 Million

Source: ODOT

ODOT: 2009 Plan - Segment 9 - Mitchell Point East to Baumann Property:

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/HCRH/docs/reconnection_seg9.pdf

Upon exiting the proposed Mitchell Point Tunnel the trail will access an open grassy area, a perfect place for a picnic at this former quarry. Limited improvements are required for this alignment (Photo 9A). The trail then follows along a paved portion of the old highway, currently used as a frontage road with few residential properties (Photo 9B).

Trail Segment Highlights:
• Little improvement required. Trail users and
motorist would share a slow speed, low traffic frontage road which provides access to a few residential properties.
• Trail south of Interstate 84.

ODOT: 2009 Plan - Segment 9 - Mitchell Point East to Baumann Property

M. E. White's Mitchell Point Store
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 190

HCRH, Eastbound, Crossing into Private Property (2013)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. April 30, 2013
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Existing HCRH & 1908 Locke's Highway Palace (2013)
Historic Columbia River Highway. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. April 30, 2013.
Copyright © 2013 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved

Mitchell Point to Baumann Property - Segment 9 - Lidar
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There is a small trace here that might suggest that the HCRH crossed the existing I-84 route before the underpass. This might fit what I've seen along the frontage road.

Eastbound HCRH Route on Frontage Road (2013)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. April 30, 2013.
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Some debate on whether or not this section is actually the HCRH.

HCRH State Trail Route along Frontage Road (2013)
Historic Columbia River Highway. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. April 30, 2013.
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ODOT: 2009 Plan - Segment 10 - Baumann Property to Ruthton Point:


The existing road crosses under Interstate 84 to the north side of Interstate 84 (Photo 10A). Here the Columbia River Environmental Foundation, a 501c(3) organization, recently purchased a parcel known locally as the Baumann Property.

The Columbia River Environmental Foundation is working towards the eventual transfer of the Baumann property to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or some other public entity. From this property, trail users may access the Columbia River or continue east towards Hood River. This site will also be a popular destination for sail boarders and other non-motorized river users.

At the east end of the Baumann Property the trail requires an extensive wall system to traverse the steep slopes adjacent to Interstate 84’s north shoulder (Photo 10C). After consulting with geotechnical experts it appears a soil nail retaining wall is the preferred construction type.

Trail Segment Highlights:
• Baumann Property will provide access to the Columbia River. The only other Columbia River access along the Historic Highway State Trail is at Viento State Park.
• Beautiful river views
• Great destination opportunity with development of the Baumann Property as a park.

ODOT: 2009 Plan - Segment 10 - Baumann Property to Ruthton Point

One Lane Tunnel Under I-84 (2013)
HCRH Section G. Michell Point East to Ruthton Point. Oregon. April 30, 2013
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Looking at the old maps and the lay of the land, I feel like there is a slight possibility that some fragment of old Route 2 may lay hidden north of the freeway, west of the photos below.  However, most likely, from the Frontage Road fragment east, it is all under I-84.

Old Road Near Original Route 2 Alignment (2013)
HCRH Section G. Michell Point East to Ruthton Point. Oregon. May 9, 2013
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Driveway or Old Road? (2013)
HCRH Section G. Michell Point East to Ruthton Point. Oregon. May 9, 2013
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Westbound:
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