Along Hwy 14 E of Vancouver to Maryhill
During the Ice Age glaciers blocking the Clark Fork River backed up water into a massive lake in Montana. When the water broke through, massive floods were unleashed across what is now eastern Washington, creating the channeled scablands and creating the canyons and coulees.
The floods also dug through the Columbia River valley, creating the Columbia Gorge where the river passes through the Cascade Range. Columbia Gorge is an 80-mile-long canyon as much as 4,000 feet deep in places. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area helps protect the scenery on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia.
Highway 14 east of Vancouver to Maryhill provides a scenic drive through the gorge on the Washington. There are plenty of photo stops and river access points along the way. A number of side roads head north from the highway up into Gifford Pinchot National Forest, including access to Mt. Adams Recreation Area.
Columbia River at Cape Horn (P14A0389)
Columbia River at Wind Mountain (P14A0363)
Columbia River (West) at Chamberlin Lake (P14A0335)
Columbia River (East) at Chamberlin Lake (P14A0340)
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Columbia Hills State Park, Dallesport, Washington
- Highway 14 Drive Along The Columbia River, Maryhill, Washington