Jeff Ryan, Author & Speaker

New Trail Alert

New 3-mile section of Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail brings 73-mile paved bike and pedestrian pathway through the gorge nearly to completion

Map by state of Oregon DOT

On August 3, 2019, the state of Oregon will open a new stretch of trail from Wyeth State Park to Lindsey Creek, marking a significant milestone in their effort to create a hiking and cycling trail connecting Troutdale to The Dalles. The trail retraces the original scenic highway that was partially destroyed in the construction of Interstate 84 to provide safe hiking and biking through the gorge while allowing spectacular views along the way.

With 65 miles of the 73-mile trail complete, there are plenty of miles to explore.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new stretch of trail will be held at the new trailhead at Wyeth State Park, located at exit 51 of Interstate 84, on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. The public will be able to explore the new trail by foot or bike from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail visit You’ll also find detailed maps here.

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Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America's trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as "a classic of nature and travel writing" and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less). His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Jeff isn't trekking, chasing down a great story or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors. He spends much of his time in his beloved native state of Maine.

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