How to Get to Mosier Tunnels Trail!

This website is all about helping people get outside more ~ & this post is no exception!  We’ll learn how to get to Mosier Tunnels Trail, which is located just outside of Hood River, Oregon.  Mosier Tunnels Trail is less of a hike, & more of a paved running & biking trail.  But it fits in the “Great Oregon Hikes” category because it gets you firmly out of the city, & into the gorgeous countryside.  

The trailhead for Mosier Tunnels Trail is just past Hood River (which is a great place to grab a post-hike drink), & before the town of Mosier.  If you get all the way to Mosier, you’ve gone too far.  Complete directions from Portland are below.  

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Walking through Mosier Tunnels, 4 miles past Hood River, OR.

Eagle Creek Fire Update

The devastating Eagle Creek Fire that occurred on September 2nd, 2017, luckily did NOT affect the Mosier Tunnels Trail.  This is one of the few Columbia Gorge hikes on the Oregon side that still remains open, as of early 2018.  For a complete list of trail closures, visit the Gorge Friends website here.

How to Get to Mosier Tunnels Trail!

Mosier Tunnels Trail

Directions to Mosier Tunnels

Directions from Downtown Portland

Distance from Portland: 65 miles

  • Take I-84 East for 62 miles
  • Take Exit 64 onto OR-35
  • In 0.3 miles, Turn Right onto Button Bridge Road
  • In 100 feet, Turn right onto Button Bridge Road
  • In 0.3 miles, Turn Left onto Old Columbia River Drive
  • In 1.2 miles, the destination is on your left: Historic Columbia River State Trail.

Mosier Tunnels Info

  • Starting Point: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
  • Total Trail Distance: 8.5 miles round-trip
  • Hike Type: Out-and-back, on paved road
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate, gentle incline
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Kid-friendly: Yes
  • Good for Trail-Running/Marathon Training: Yes
  • Crowded: Moderate to crowded
  • All Seasons? Yes
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Mosier Tunnels Photos!

You’re walking right along the Columbia Gorge for the entire trail ~ so arriving at the stunning Mosier Tunnels after several miles just seems like a bonus.  I love this walk.  It’s perfect for families, dogs, bikers, runners, walkers, marathoners-in-training, basically: everyone.  Because of its gradual incline, it provides a nice challenge for runners & will still get your heart rate up if you’re walking.  And it’s a nice, wide path, the size of a road ~ plenty of room for everyone.  

Once you learn how to get to Mosier Tunnels Trail, you might find yourself returning again & again.  Scenery like this just never gets old…

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The trail is a nice & wide, paved road that runs alongside the Colombia River.

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Dylan approves!

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Beautiful meadows & forest views provide great variety along the Mosier Tunnels Trail.

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Enjoying the view.

Great Hikes Nearby!

Dog Mountain is right across the way, over the Bridge of the Gods & located in Washington; it’s almost directly across from Hood River.  Hamilton Mountain is also across the river, in Washington state, closer towards Camas & Vancouver.  For a more complete list of Columbia Gorge hikes, click here.  

Where to Stay & Drink

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Skamania Lodge is only about 15 minutes away from Dog Mountain. Grab a drink & enjoy the view or stay a night.

Skamania Lodge is a legendary hotel located in Stevenson, Washington, & just across from Hood River.  Views at Skamania are incredible.  If you want to turn your outdoor adventure into a weekend getaway ~ this is the place to do it. 

But if you’re just looking for some grub after hitting the trail, head into Hood River for plenty of great dining options ~ there are even street carts if you’re starving!  And of course, there’s always my favorite Hood River haunt: Naked Winery.  If you’ve never been, drop everything.  GO immediately.  

And if too much wine turns into needing a room for the night in Hood River, click here to check hotel availability.  

Get Prepared!

How to Get to Mosier Tunnels Trail!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on how to get to Mosier Tunnels Trail ~ & if you’ve never heard of it, I hope you’ve found a fun new hike to add to your list!  My goal is to help people get outside more & enjoy life’s adventures ~ & Oregon & the Columbia River Gorge are outstanding places to do just that.  Let me know hoe you enjoyed Mosier Tunnels in the comments below!

Happy Adventuring! 

xoxo Noelia 

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