Lewis & Clark Annual Meeting

Driving Guide

Astoria, Oregon is located in the northwest corner of the state of Oregon, adjacent to the mouth of the mighty Columbia River and is about 95 miles from Portland, Oregon, and about 180 miles from Seattle, Washington.

Basic Routes to Astoria

From East

  • Interstate 84 — through Southern Idaho, Pendleton Oregon and then along the Columbia River to Astoria, or
  • Interstate 90 — through Montana, Northern Idaho and Spokane, Washington to the Columbia River and Interstate 84.

From South

  • US Highway 101 — along the Oregon Coast to Astoria
  • Interstate 5 — from California through the Willamette Valley to Portland
  • US Highway 97 — from Bend and Central Oregon to Interstate 84 and the Columbia River
  • US Highway 95 — Jean Baptiste Charbonneau “Pomp” grave site

There are of course many variations in between these routes with numerous side trips that can be taken. Those basic routes will be described below (click on any of the titles below for a description).

Stories that can be followed along these routes are the initial coastal explorations by the Spanish, British and American sea explorers, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, John Jacob Astor’s bold and visionary attempt to establish a fur trading post in Astoria and his Overland Expedition led by Wilson Price Hunt, Madame Marie Dorian a notable figure in the Hunt Expedition, and The Oregon Trail. There are also countless other stories of the dangers and shipwrecks of the Columbia River Bar, fur traders and trappers, mountain men, miners, loggers, military expeditions, early settlers and ranchers, to vast agricultural production with world class wineries, modern day engineers involved in railroads and dam building, and scientists creating nuclear projects and related technical development. Central to all of these are the Native Americans and their current facilities to display their important history and culture.

Of course, no discussion of the mighty Snake and Columbia Rivers can be complete without seeing the geology of 17 million year old Flood Basalts, the iconic volcanoes and mountains ranges of the Pacific Northwest, and standing in awe of the impressive physical features left by the Ice Age Floods, including the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and it 77 waterfalls.

We hope you enjoy your journey, and look forward to seeing you in Astoria!

Interstate 84

… through Southern Idaho, Pendleton Oregon and then along the Columbia River to Astoria, or

Your journey starts near the headwaters of the Snake River. You can see nearby Yellowstone Park, and the South entrance leads to Jackson Lake and Snake River. This is the area of the Wilson Price Hunt party of the Astoria’ s Overland Expedition and the area of their canoe making camp near Henrys Fort.

Blackfoot

Known for potato production, nearby 1834 Fort Hall is an Oregon Trail site as the Trail comes from Soda Springs and Montpelier. If desired, you can take a side trip on Hwy 26 to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, or Hwy 71 to Ketchum/Sun Valley.

Downey

From Logan, Utah, travel Hwy 91 to Red Rock Pass, the site of the path of the Lake Bonneville Flood 15,000 years ago which drained 350 feet from the ancient lake, which was 12 times the size of the current Great Salt Lake.

Massacre Rocks

West of American Falls, this is a rest area and Oregon Trail Interpretative site.

Murtaugh

Cauldron Linn/Star Falls on the Snake River is where 36 members of the Wilson Price Hunt Overland Expedition of the Astorian’s lost 5 of their 15 dugout canoes, and then were forced to strike out on foot, in November at 4,000 feet elevation, to Fort Astoria 660 miles away.

Twin Falls

Location of Evel Knievel’s attempt to jump the Snake River gorge with the ramp visible east from the Hwy 93 Perrine Bridge, and below scenic Shoshone Falls.

Thousand Springs State Park

A series of large springs and waterfalls in deep basalt canyons.

Glenns Ferry

Site of the Three Islands Crossing on the Oregon Trail

Bruneau Dunes State Park

The unique site of tallest single-structured sand dune in North America which rises to 470 feet high above a series of small lakes.

Boise

Lots to see and do here as it is the State Capitol

Parma

See the replica of Old Fort Boise and statue of Madame Marie Dorian

Nearby site of Old Fort Boise

The actual site is on Old Fort Boise Road that is 2 miles north of Parma, then 2 miles west.

Baker City

Enjoy the well preserved Historic District, or take a stroll in the original Oregon Trail ruts at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretative Center

North Powder

From I-84 exit 285 go 3.5 miles north on Hwy 237 to the marker for Marie Dorian and the area where she gave birth to her third child December 30, 1811 as the Hunt party was crossing the Blue Mountains.

LaGrande

This is the gateway to the Wallowa Mountains and Lake Wallowa. Near here Marie Dorian and her two young sons spent 53 days in January and February, 1814 in a horse hide shelter after her husband’s trapping party was killed in the area that is Fort Boise.

The Blue Mountains and Dead Man’s Pass

The mountains were a challenging and dangerous portion of the Oregon Trail, with portions of the Trail visible at the eastbound rest area at the summit east of Pendleton.

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

Modern facility shows 10,000 years of regional tribal history culture and hospitality of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes

Pendleton

This ‘wild and wooly’ town on the route of the Oregon Trail, and home of the famous Pendleton Roundup and ubiquitous Pendleton Woolen Mills, famous for blankets and woolen clothing. Take in tales of brothels, bootlegging, and gambling in the Pendleton Underground tours.

Walla Walla side trip

If desired, you can take Route 11 to Walla Walla and it’s 120 wineries, and then to Whitman Mission National Historic Park and then to spectacular Wallula Gap on the Columbia River and continue your journey.

McNary Lock and Dam

The second of the major dams, a good view is from park below dam, and if conditions are right, Mt Hood can be seen from here.

Washington or Oregon?

At the Umatilla area, you could make a choice to travel Interstate 84 on the Oregon side, or Hwy 14 on the Washington side. There are bridges to cross over but they are infrequent. All other things being equal, you will get a better view of Mt Hood from the Washington side in clear weather.

John Day Lock and Dam

A large power producer, there is a scenic turnout high on the cliffs on the Washington side.

Biggs Junction

The location of the ‘First Look’ of the Columbia River for the Oregon Trail emigrants, with a commemorative marker a mile west of town on the Rufus Highway. This is where Hwy 97 comes from Central Oregon and Bend. On the Washington side are Stonehedge Memorial and its spectacular views, built by railroad magnate and philanthropist Sam Hill as a World War I memorial. To the west is “unusual and enchanting” Maryhill Museum with its exhibits that are “unique and extraordinary,” also built by Sam Hill as a mansion for his wife. Just west of the museum is highly acclaimed Maryhill Winery & Amphitheatre.

Celilo Falls

Ancient native fishing area and the historic center of trade in the northwest, soon to have the final Confluence Project installation. On the Washington side is Wishram and the Expeditions portage route and campsites above and below the current railroad bridge. There is a scenic view point on the cliffs on the Washington Side.

Short Narrows

Channel in bed rock that was 45 yards wide and ½ mile long, now on the south side of Browns Island.

Horsethief Lake

See Indian Rock Art display at Columbia Hills State Park

Long Narrows

Channel in rock that was 50 yards wide and 1.5 miles long, now between the dam and Horsethief Lake, The Expedition navigated this in their canoes, to the astonishment of the Indians.

The Dalles Lock & Dam

The spillway gates closed on March 10, 1957 and flooded the river area behind the dam, causing a profound impact to the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest. The powerhouse is viewed from the Oregon side.

Highway 197 Bridge

Provides a good view of the lock and spillway.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

One of the premier displays of Columbia River Gorge history and culture, on the west side of The Dalles.

Memaloose Island

Known as a burial Island for the Native Americans, with a good view from the rest area on the Oregon side.

Hood River

Known as the Wind surfing and kit boarding capitol of the world because of strong winds which funnel through this portion of the Gorge. Utilized by the windsurfers, the mid river sand bars of volcanic debris from an eruption of Mt. Hood in 1781 were noted by the Expedition on October 29, 1805. Enjoy a meal and view from the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, with a 208 foot water fall on the hotel grounds that falls over the basalt bluff in to the Columbia River. There are also several local wineries, breweries, plus the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. With more than 300 items, and 3.5 acres of display, your grandfathers car is probably in here. Weather permitting, the Gorge’s best views of 11,240 foot Mt. Hood can be had from the bridge that spans the Columbia River. An alternative route to Portland is on Hwy 35 around Mt. Hood and iconic 6,000 foot high Timberline Lodge National Historic Landmark.

Starvation Creek State Park

186 foot high waterfall on the Oregon-side, the name was inspired by the Pacific Express train with 148 passengers which became trapped for 21 days by multiple snow slides in December, 1884. There is a short loop trail. There no deaths, but the name has remained. Eastbound only I-84 Exit #55.

Stevenson

Visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretative Center and also iconic Skamania Lodge resort.

Cascade Locks

Take a sternwheeler trip, and see the results of the Bonneville Landslide Complex, which moved the Columbia River one and one quarter miles to the south. The temporary dam gave rise to the legend, and eventually erosion left the Cascade Rapids. The 1926 Bridge of the Gods is also a crossing point and only town on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Eagle Creek Fire

Just south of the Dam is the starting point of the devastating September, 2017 Eagle Creek Fire which destroyed or threatened 50,000 acres along 20 miles of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Bonneville Lock and Dam

Built in 1937, this was the first dam on the Columbia River, which provided much needed power production for the WWII war effort.

Beacon Rock

This 848 foot high volcanic core of an ancient volcano is the second largest monolith in the world. It was here on October 31, 1805 that the Expedition first noted the effect of the ocean tides on the river. A gradual trail with 53 switchbacks leads to scenic views of the river below.

Multnomah Falls

Second highest year round waterfall in the nation, and Oregon’s most visited scenic site. The Historic Columbia River Highway provides access to this and other waterfalls in the area.

Cape Horn

A massive basalt cliff on the Washington side with iconic views

Crown Point

Provides Signature views of the Gorge, with the 1916 German Art Nouveau Vista House and Historic Columbia River Highway. Below is the Expedition campsite of November 2, 1805 and also Rooster Rock.

Sandy River

Lewis and Clarks ‘Quicksand River’, and the boundary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and gateway to the Portland metro area. Also visit the Confluence Project Sandy River Delta Bird Blind

Troutdale – Portland

Metro area with interesting past and present.

Fort Vancouver

Established in 1825 by the Hudson Bay Company to facilitate British interests, and served as an important early site for traders, the military and emigrants. Nearby is the Confluence Project Vancouver Land Bridge.

Oregon Historical Society

State repository for all things historical, in a peaceful downtown setting

St Johns Bridge

Clark’s turnaround point during his April 2-3, 1806 reconnoiter of the Willamette River.
  • Hwy 26 leaves from Portland and crosses the Coast Range, arriving in the Cannon Beach and Seaside area.
  • Hwy 30 to Astoria follows the Columbia River to Astoria on the Oregon side, and Interstate 5 heads north through Washington to Longview, and then Astoria on Hwy.

Side trip to Mt. St. Helens From Interstate 5 take exit 49 on Hwy 504 to Johnston Ridge Observatory for a view into the crater. The mountain now is 8,363 feet in elevation, but lost 1,300 feet during devastating May 18, 1980 eruption.

Notable locations in the Astoria area include “Dismal Nitch,” Cape Disappointment and Confluence Project sites and Clarks Tree at Long Beach, all in Washington, plus Fort Clatsop in Oregon. These will be included in the program for the 50th Annual Meeting.

Interstate 90

… through Montana, Northern Idaho and Spokane, Washington to the Columbia River and Interstate 84.

Glendive, Montana, is on Clark’s return route on the Yellowstone River. You can loosely follow the Expedition route along Missouri River and Hwy 2 to Loma and Decision Point at the mouth of the Marias River. Next comes Fort Benton and then Great Falls, and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretative Center. Further travel along the Missouri River area will lead you to the Helena, the state Capitol, though there is no boat access to Gate of the Mountains in October.

From there follow the Expedition to Three Forks and then along the Jefferson and then Beaverhead Rivers as you travel to Dillon. Camp Fortunate is submerged under the Clark Canyon Reservoir, but from there it is about 28 miles to Lemhi Pass and the Continental Divide and the boundary of the Louisiana Purchase. From there you can continue to follow the Expedition through Salmon, Idaho, then Lost Trail Pass and the Bitterroot Valley. If desired a quicker route from Three Forks is along Interstate 90 to Butte and then Missoula.

The Lolo Trail area is seen on Hwy 12 along 175 miles of scenic, winding road nestled along the Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers. From the Bitterroot Valley the route starts at Travelers Rest, and then eventually to the Expedition’s return camp at Kamiah, Idaho and then the Weippe Prairie, where the Expedition stumbled out of the mountains and were rescued by the Nez Perce. The Expedition continued to Canoe Camp at Orofino, and then down the Clearwater River to Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington where they met the Snake River. Consider a visit to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center at Hellsgate State Park. This area also provides jet boat access to Hells Canyon.

From Missoula Interstate 90 crosses the mountains at Lookout Pass, and then continues on through Northern Idaho to Lake Coeur d’Alene and then Spokane, Washington. Or consider a side trip on the Clark Fork River from Missoula to St Regis and then Thompson Falls to Sandpoint, Idaho and spectacular Lake Pend O’reille, the site of the glacial ice dam that gave rise to the Missoula Floods.

An alternative route from Glendive is to see Clark’s 1806 Return Route on the Yellowstone River to Pompey’s Pillar, Billings, Bozeman, then Three Forks and west as above.

From Spokane, there are various options. South on Hwy 195 is a scenic side trip to Steptoe Butte, the Palouse Country and then to the Trail and the Lewiston/Clarkston area on the Snake River and Hells Canyon. Continuing on Hwy 12 on the Trail along the Snake River will come to the Confluence Project Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park and the Snake River, and then the 85 life size silhouettes of the Expedition at Patit Creek Campsite east of Dayton

An alternative from Spokane is to continue on I-90 to Ritzville along Channeled Scablands, carved by the Ice Age Floods. You may want to consider a side trip to Palouse Falls and then Lyons Ferry and Snake River.

By the various routes above, you can eventually arrive at mouth of Snake and Columbia Rivers at Sacajawea State Park and Interpretative Center, the Expeditions campsite and site of Confluence Project Story Circles near Pasco, Washington. The local REACH Museum combines the Lewis and Clark story with the Ice Age Floods, Hanford Project and LIGO, in addition to how the Ice Age Flood soils have benefitted the local wine scene. There are more than 200 wineries in the area, including the Red Mountain AVA and notable wineries such as Kiona Vineyards and Terra Blanca Winery, and Walter Clore Culinary and Wine Center in Prosser

From there you can stay along the Columbia River through Ice Age Food carved Wallula Gap, and a possible side trip to Walla Walla. You can meet the other routes in the Pendleton, Oregon area or continue down the Columbia River as described later.

US Highway 101

… along the Oregon Coast to Astoria

From Crescent City, California and Coastal Redwoods Areas:

Pelican Bay Lighthouse

1990 lighthouse on 100 foot bluff overlooking Port of Brookings Harbor, but no public access.

Brookings

During September 1942, incendiary bombs were dropped near Brookings by a submarine based seaplane, with the intent to start forest fires. The pilot, Nobuo Fujita, was later feted by the city in 1962, and he provided the city with his family’s 400 year old samurai sword that rode with him in the cockpit of the airplane.  

Gold Beach

Originally settled by miners and fishermen, and home to the outlet of the Rogue River, there are many outdoor activities in the area.

Cape Blanco and lighthouse

The white chalky cliffs were first sighted by Spanish explorer Martin de Aguilar in 1602, and later used by Captain Cook in 1778 to confirm his location. The light went into service in 1870, now the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast.

Bandon

Originally named after Bandon, Ireland, it now is the center of cranberry production for Oregon.

Coquille River Lighthouse

First used in 1896, but decommissioned in 1939 most buildings were later razed but the remaining building has been restored, and is located at Bullards Beach State Park.

Cape Arago and lighthouse

Named Cape Gregory by Captain Cook in 1778, there have been 3 different buildings on the Chiefs Island site since 1866. Deactivated in 2006 with no public access, the remaining building is visible from the nearby road or from or Sunset Bay State Park hiking trail.

Coos Bay – North Bend

Famous for the offshore rocks, it is the largest city on the coast.

Umpqua River Lighthouse

First lighthouse in the Oregon Territory went in to service in 1857, now maintained by Douglas County

Reedsport

Originally a railroad construction town at the mouth of the Umqua River, it is also the southern gateway for recreation at the nearby Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Oregon Dunes

The largest expanse of coastal dunes in North America, where dunes as much as 500 feet high stretch for 40 miles along the coast.

Florence

At the mouth of the scenic Siuslaw River, it draws many vacationers.

Sea Lion Caves

Privately operate cavern billed as America’s largest sea cave and home to Stellar sea lions.

Heceta Head and lighthouse

First noted by Spanish Explorer Bruno de Heceta in 1775, the Fresnel lens installed in 1894 was the strongest light on the Oregon Coast

Cape Perpetua/Capt. Cook Point

Sighted by Captain Cook on St. Perpetua Day (March 7) in 1778

Cleft of the Rocks Lighthouse

Privately built in 1976, the light was recognized by the US Coast Guard as an aid to navigation in 1979. Closed to the public.

Yachats

Was a center for logging of spruce needed for aircraft.

Waldport

Scenic location on the Alsea River is a center for logging.

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

The only surviving wooden lighthouse in Oregon, the light was first used in 1871, but in 1874 was replaced by the Yaquina Head light which is 3.5 miles to the north. It later served as a Coast Guard Life Saving Station.

Newport

One of the largest towns on the coast, and home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of the worlds best.

Yaquina Head and lighthouse

Oregon’s tallest lighthouse was first used in 1873, the light continues to be used 162 feet above the ocean.

Cape Foulweather

Named by Captain Cook in 1778

Depoe Bay

Rugged location and billed as the World’s smallest navigable harbor, known for whale watching.

Lincoln City

Seven scenic miles long with lots of antique shops

45th Parallel

Halfway between the equator and the north pole.

Heceta Head and Lighthouse

The 1894 lighthouse on the side of 1,000 foot high Heceta Head, is one of the most photographed on the coast, and has the strongest light on the Oregon Coast, and is named for Spanish explorer Bruno de Heceta who was near here in 1775.

Pacific City

Small unincorporated area adjacent to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Cape Lookout

Jutting 2 miles out into the ocean, the hiking trails afford great views.

Cape Meares and lighthouse

Built in 1889, this was named for British merchant Captain John Meares, the first white to cross into Tillamook Bay in 1788. The original 1st order Fresnel lens was powered by clockwork that had to be rewound every 2 ½ hours.

Tillamook

Known for dairy products, especially cheese, and the nearby air museum. The local county museum also has a large block of wax thought to be from the 1705 wreck of a Spanish galleon San Francisco Xavier.

Garibaldi

A small fishing village nestled against a hillside at the northern end of Tillamook Bay.

Nehalem

Research by local author Garry Gitzen indicates that in 1579 Nehalem Bay was first visited by Sir Francis Drake while making repairs to his ship.

Cape Falcon

One of the most spectacular areas of the coast with popular hiking trails.

Cannon Beach

Clarks party was exhausted upon their arrival here, but they traded for blubber and the next day returned to the Salt Works in Seaside. Iconic Haystack Rock dominates the beach front area.

Tillamook Head

Clark and party traversed this headland on their way to investigate the whale that had washed ashore in what is now Cannon Beach. After spending the night at the headwaters of Indian Creek, Clark viewed the coastal area from Bird Point, and then continued south to Ecola Creek. The north–south hiking trail between Indian Beach and Seaside is 5.2 miles long and offers great views of Tillamook Rock.

Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse

After construction under ‘horrific working conditions’ on a small rocky island 1.2 miles off shore from Tillamook Head, the light began operation in 1881. Unfortunately, only 3 weeks prior, the HMS Lupata was lost on the rock, along with all 16 hands. Decommissioned in 1957, the structure later became a columbarium only to lose it’s license and so the remains remain.

Seaside

Site of the Expedition’s Salt Works on the south end of town at Lewis and Clark Way and Beach Drive. There is also the ‘End of the Trail’ sculpture by Stanley Wanlass on the Promenade, and a great view of Tillamook Head to the south of this appealing resort town.

Gearhart

Small burg at the mouth of the Necanicum River.

Fort Stevens

See the rusting remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck, which ran aground here in 1906, plus the South Jetty Observation Deck.

Fort Clatsop

Site of the Expeditions 1805-1806 winter encampment and also home to what may be the nation’s best Lewis and Clark bookstore.

Astoria

Aside from it’s historic location as the site of 1811 Fort Astoria, proximity to Fort Clatsop, the spectacular scenery near the mouth of the Great Columbia River, and the 50th Annual meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Inc., this ‘Little San Francisco of the North’ has sights such as the 125 foot Astoria Column and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Interstate 5

… from California through the Willamette Valley to Portland

From Yreka, California:

Ashland

Scenic area known for fruit production and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Medford

Regional medical care and the Rogue Valley AVA

Grants Pass

On the scenic Rogue River, which is 215 long and is famous for Salmon runs, whitewater rafting and rugged scenery

Roseburg

Known for lumber and the Umpqua River

Springfield/Eugene

Eugene is home to the Ducks of University of Oregon, ( Site of The 1978 movie Animal House) and adjacent Springfield was eventually revealed as the setting of ‘The Simpsons’

Corvallis

A side trip will take you to the Beavers and Oregon State University

Albany

Known for grass seed and rare metals, producing zirconium, hafnium, and titanium.

Salem

State Capitol and southern end of wine area which has 6 different AVA’s between here and Forest Grove.

St Louis

Madame Marie Dorian grave at St Louis Catholic Church

Newberg

There are more than 700 wineries in Oregon, and Newberg is home to 43 wineries, and adjacent to four different AVA’s. Oregon is well known for it’s high end Pinot Noir

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Site of the first provisional government of the Oregon Territory in 1843, and is south east of Newberg.

Tualatin

In 1962, a fossilized mastodon was excavated in what is now the Fred Meyer parking lot, near I-5 Exit 289. It is now on display in the lobby of Tualatin Public Library.

Oregon City

First established by the Hudson Bay Company in 1829, adjacent to Willamette Falls which powered a lumber mill, it later became the destination of the Oregon Trail Emigrants. In 1844 it was the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated.

West Linn

Location of the Willamette Meteorite, which was discovered by settlers in 1902, though local natives were aware of it’s existence. The 6th largest meteorite in the world, and the largest meteorite in North American, it was acquired by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in 1906. Geologists later determined that it was actually was a glacial erratic, meaning it landed in what is now British Columbia or Montana, and was transported down the Columbia River by the Ice Age Floods. There was no impact crater in the site where it was discovered.

Portland

See Interstate 84 directions above

US Highway 97

… from Bend and Central Oregon to Interstate 84 and the Columbia River

From Weed and Nearby Mt Shasta:

Klamath Falls

First settled in 1867, it sits on the shore of Upper Klamath Lake.

Crater Lake

Consider a side trip to this captivating jewel of the Northwest. Known to geologists as Mount Mazama, it now holds Crater Lake in its caldera, which collapsed during the massive eruption 7,700 years ago that was 42 times the size of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption. The result of this geologic activity is the deepest lake in North American, which is also known for it’s Indigo Blue color because of the water’s purity and depth.

Lapine and Sunriver

The scenic setting on the Little Deschutes River has several mountain peaks visible from the area, and also holds Sunriver, a popular planned residential and resort community. There are many geologic features in the area, including Newberry Crater and Paulina Lakes.

Mt. Bachelor

To the west of the highway this mountain is 9,068 tall, and is a popular winter sports area that is surrounded by spectacular volcanic peaks.

Bend

First established in 1901, Bend is the largest city in Central Oregon and the hub for many outdoor activities.

Three Sisters

A series of three volcanic peaks, all in excess of 10,000 feet elevation

Redmond

A Forest Service fire fighting facility is located at the airport.

Madras

A prime to location to have viewed the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, because of its elevation, clear skies, and location very near the center of totality. Directly to the west is 10,497 foot Mt. Jefferson, first noted by Lewis and Clark from the mouth of the Willamette River. Nearby Warm Springs has the modern Museum at Warm Springs which has a vast collection of native artifacts, historic photographs, murals, graphics, and rare documents.

Biggs Jct.

See Interstate 84 directions above to continue along the Columbia River to Astoria.

US Highway 95

… Jean Baptiste Charbonneau “Pomp” grave site

Highway 95 continues from the Winnemucca, Nevada, or Boise, Idaho areas. Pomp’s grave is at Danner, Oregon, 3 miles north of Hwy 95 and 20 miles west of Jordan Valley in Southeast Oregon. From this area you can either continue on Hwy 95 to the Boise, Idaho area, or from Burns Junction take Hwy 78 to Central Oregon. Also consider seeing the Pillars of Rome geologic formation about 20 miles west.

Compiled by:
Robert Heacock and the Washington and Oregon Chapters of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
February 16, 2018