Monday, August 10, 2015
While in Hood River for our tall ship tour, we wanted to do some sightseeing. There are some amazing places to see fruit trees in bloom and breathtaking wildflower displays, but it's quite the wrong time of year for that! So we headed to the always fascinating Mosier Tunnels. They were built in 1921 as part of the Columbia River Highway and include windows to see stunning views of the river. The tunnels were abandoned for a while, then restored. The trail here is paved and is a favorite with cyclists. Inside the tunnels is graffiti left by people who were snowbound inside the tunnel the winter after it was completed. (They were all rescued.) Just past the original tunnels is a more modern structure designed to protect users from rockfalls. The tunnels are a short distance from the trailhead so they are easy to visit.