BOOK: Rails-Trails: Washington & Oregon

Washington & Oregon Guidebook (2015)

Rail-Trails: Washington & Oregon (Birmingham, AL: Wilderness Press, 2015), 168 pp.

Publisher’s description This region boasts some of the most rural and unique rail-trails in America, such as the 253-mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail with its remote canyons, mountain vistas, and railroad relics. The Foothills Trail, a 30-mile pathway, offers many types of terrain and small-town charms, all with the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier as its backdrop. The development of the railroads led to the creation of prominent western cities, and now, many rail-trails, such as Portland’s 21.5-mile Springwater Corridor, serve as connectors for neighborhoods, parks, businesses, and more. Experience the diverse landscapes – from town to mountain, desert to waterway, forest stream to ocean – and the many historical landmarks and cultural attractions along Washington’s and Oregon’s rail-trails.

While a bulk of the rail-trails described in this book from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are in Washington (it has 33 of the book’s 42 listings), those in Oregon include:

– the Astoria Riverwalk in Astoria;
– the Banks-Vernonia State Trail in Washington County;
– the Deschutes River Railbed Trail in Sherman County;
– the I-205 Multi-Use Path in from Vancouver, WA through East Portland to Gladstone and Oregon City;
– the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Trail in Umatilla County;
– the OC&E Woods Line State Trail in south-central Oregon;
– the Row River Trail in Lane County;
– the Springwater Corridor in SE Portland; and
– the Trolley Trail in Milwaukie and Gladstone

Each listing offers a detailed map, driving directions to the rail-trail, icons showing what recreational activities can be done at the location, a detailed description of the rail-trail and its history, and color photographs.

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