From Multnomah Falls, we got on the scenic byway, historic highway 30 at exit 22 off highway 84 in Corbett. We drove up a 10% grade hill to stop at the Woman's Forum Overlook, where we had a fantastic view of the Columbia River Gorge. Just a little bit further, less than a mile, is a turnoff to Larch Mountain Road. On this road, is a viewpoint about 14 miles ahead of FIVE mountain views--Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Ranier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson. We didn't drive down that road today...it was a long enough trip already! On to the Crown Point Vista House....This was one man's vision back in the early 1900's to provide an observatory where weary travelers could stop and commune with nature at a high point on a basalt promontory overlooking the Columbia River Gorge and to provide a memorial for those early settlers who struggled to come to Oregon. He wanted it to be a comfort station for tired travelers...and it is! It's magnificent! The observatory is 733 feet above the river.....It has unique architectural details like barred opaque stain glass windows, wrought iron hand railings, rare Alaskan marble stairs and floors--- it's just beautiful inside.... There are restrooms, a gift shop and historical information on several different levels and volunteers to give you more information. You can go to the top outside and look at the fantastic views of the gorge. We did!
|Vista House built in 1916|