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Washington State Highway 14

Along the Columbia River from Vancouver, WA

to US Highway-97 near Goldendale, WA

 

The Columbia Gorge is the only sea level pass through the Cascade Mountains to eastern Washington and Oregon.  Most travelers up the Columbia River take Interstate-84 on the Oregon side of the river.

 

If you want to more closely feel the trip Lewis and Clark took along the Columbia go to Vancouver and take I-5 Exit 1 to Washington State Highway-14.  This two lane highway follows the natural contours of the river bank.  It begins in lush evergreen forests and ends in sage-covered desert in eastern Washington.

 

Total miles

Miles to next point

 

Mile 0

 

 

6.0 mi.

Junction with Interstate-5 Exit 1Camus / Highway WA-14

– No facilities

City of Vancouver, WA

Mile 6

 

8.0 mi.

Exit 6 / Junction with Interstate-205 exit 27

Mile 14

 

1.5 mi.

Camas

Mile 15

 

8.0mi.

Washougal – There is a Pendleton Woolen Mills outlet store here.

Mile 23

 

 

9.3 mi.

Cape Horn lookout – This is the first of many lookouts along the highway.  This lookout gives you a beautiful view of the evergreen forests along the banks of the Columbia River in this area.

 

Mile 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.7mi.

Skamania

The Dolce Skamania Lodge is located here.  Dolce Skamania Lodge reflects the unique Northwest-style architecture. The 254 guestroom hotel, 18 hole golf course, and 22,000 square-foot conference wing make planning a vacation or a meeting a pleasure for individuals or corporate and association events.

Visit their web site: http://skamanialodge.dolce.com/

 

Mile 33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.8mi.

Beacon Rock State Park Beacon Rock State Park is a 4,650-acre year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years. The park includes 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River.

 

The park has 29 tent spaces.  The campground is an older camp in a forested setting suited more for tents than RVs. A few sites accommodate RVs over 20 feet. All campsites are first-come, first-served.  The park also has a trailer dump station.

 

You can hike a very steep mile long trail to the top of this volcanic core (one of the largest examples of a sheer-walled volcanic core monolith in the world) for a fantastic view of the river and its surrounding terrain as well as Mt. Hood across the Columbia.

Visit the state park web site:

Beacon Rock S.P. Web Site

 

Mile 35

 

3.7 mi.

North Bonneville

Mile 38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.8 mi.

The new Bonneville Hot Springs Resort is located here. This new resort brings a new option to vacationing in the Gorge.  It has 78 rooms, some with private outdoor hot tubs.  It also has a 12,000 square foot European style day spa.  Their Pacific Crest Dining Room is open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Visit their web site: http://www.bonnevilleresort.com/welcome.html

 

Jct with Bridge of the Gods (toll bridge) over the Columbia River to Cascade Locks, OR

Mile 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2 mi.

Stevenson – This is the location of the old Cascade rapids in the Columbia River.  Lewis and Clark and the others that followed them had to portage around these rapids.  Today they are under water because of the Bonneville Dam.

 

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center is located here.  This 23,000 square foot museum traces the Columbia River’s history.

 

At Bonneville Dam there is a visitor’s center where you can see the generator rooms, fish ladders, and the dam.

 

 

Mile 42

 

 

9.2 mi.

Jct. with Wind River Road 36 mi. to Swift Reservoir and 76 mi. to Randle. 

Mile 51

 

6.5 mi.

Cook

Mile 57

 

1.7 mi.

Underwood

Mile 59

 

1.1 mi.

Jct with bridge over Columbia River to Hood River, OR

 

Mile 60

 

 

 

 

7.6 mi.

Two towns are a stones throw from each other.

White Salmon – the architecture is mainly Bavarian and a pleasant diversion on your trip

Bingen – Has many antique stores and other unique stores.

 

Mile 61

 

2.0 mi.

Rest Area

Mile 63

 

 

 

 

3.0 mi.

Lyle – The Lyle Hotel is located here.  This refurbished railroad hotel was built in 1905.  It has 10 rooms and is a quiet gorge retreat with a regionally acclaimed restaurant with an exceptional wine list.

Visit their web site:  http://www.lylehotel.com/

 

Mile 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.9 mi.

Doug’s Beach State Park - This Park is a 400-acre, undeveloped day-use park on the Columbia River. This is one of the premier windsurfing sites in the Columbia Gorge and is rated for advanced sailors. Parking is along the south side of SR 14. There is a pedestrian walkway behind the vehicle-parking area, fenced from passing trains. Visitors access the beach down a paved path with railroad-crossing arms and signals.

Web site of Doug's Beach S.P.

 

Mile 67

 

1.8 mi.

Murdock

 

Mile 68

 

10.0 mi.

Jct with US-197 south to The Dalles, OR over the Columbia River.

Mile 78

 

4.3 mi.

Wishram

 

Mile 82

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.0 mi.

Maryhill Museum of the Arts

The Museum's collections are housed in a castle-like chateau on the hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.  It has 26 acres of park-like gardens on a 6,000 acre ranch on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

 

The Three Story French Chateau style building the museum is housed in was built as a vacation home in 1914 by Sam Hill.  His remains are buried near a full sized replica of Stonehenge he had constructed four mile east of the museum.

 

Café Maryhill in the Museum
Open daily March 15 through November 15 from 10 am to 4:00 pm, Café Maryhill serves gourmet coffees, beverages, deli food and desserts. Seating is available inside and outdoors within view of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood.

Visit their web site:  http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/

 

Mile 85

 

 

0.4 mi.

Maryhill

Jct with US-97 north 11 mi. to Goldendale

 

Columbia Hills State Park – includes Horsethief Lake State Park and the Dalles Mountain Ranch area. This 3,338-acre camping park has 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. Horsethief Butte dominates the skyline. It stands over a lake formed by the backwaters of The Dalles Dam.

 

For centuries there was a Native American village located here. The Lewis and Clark expedition camped here and described the village’s wooden houses in one of their journals. The village was flooded by the waters of The Dalles Dam.

Visit the Park's web site

 

Mile 85

 

Jct with US-97 south 2.4 mi. over the Columbia River, to Interstate-84 Exit 104 in Oregon

 

This is the end of WA-14

 

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