Toothrock/ Scenic Hwy Loop A17

Curious Gorge describes an unorthodox loop starting from the Toothrock Trailhead then heading up the remnant of an 1856 wagon road to get to trail 400 and the out/back route up to the Wauna Viewpoint.  The end of this loop takes you down to Eagle Creek and then along the rehabbed Scenic Hwy bike trail back to your car.  Lots of neat history and visuals along the entire loop.

Toothrock overview 1

Toothrock overview 2


The Eagle Creek bridge, circa 1920, on the Hist Col Riv Hwy (HCRH), showing the still-existing salmon viewing nook

The Toothrock section of the HCRH at the Eagle’s Nest overlook

The western side of the Toothrock section of the HCRH. Eagle’s Nest is around the corner

Toothrock Tunnel on I-84, circa 1940. The tunnel was built thru Toothrock in 1933 as the first attempt to “straighten-out” the too-curvy HCRH highway. This tunnel was built in conjunction with the beginning of building the Bonneville Dam

Toothrock Trailhead on HCRH

The user-made sign denoting the junction with the 1856 Portage Rd trail

Toothrock Trail, HCRH surface and 1916 railings

Toothrock HCRH section overlooking the mouth of Eagle Creek

Current view of the refurbished Eagle’s Nest overlook on the Toothrock HCRH

The 1916 Eagle Creek overlook, current view (Sadly ODOT cleaned-off the nice moss last year)

The 1916 Eagle Creek overlook, current view (Sadly ODOT cleaned-off the nice moss last year)



4 thoughts on “Toothrock/ Scenic Hwy Loop A17

  1. As of 10/08/2014, the user made 1856/1915 signs are GONE. The trail is now signed “Tanner Butte Trail” with a wood placard on a post. Saying this fork from the paved HCRH trail is flush with the I-84 EC Hatchery sign would have been immensely more useful to mention.

  2. my friend and were excited to do this hike today. we followed your directions to the T and for the life of us could never find a “path angling up and to the right” we walked exactly 6 minutes past the power tower. we walked up and back 4 times, all the way to the metal bridge and back and only found one trail shortly after the power tower that goes up and to the left (with a different trail head name, I can’t remember) there was no “1850’s road sign” anywhere.. the trail forked and we went left and the trail just got more unkempt and unused it seemed, so we turned around. Why can’t we find this place?

  3. June 22, 2017

    We hiked Toothrock/Wauna Point trail and were stopped by rock slides near the top. The rocks were covering the trail (at approximately 1.8 miles) on a significant slant promoting precarious balance. Another couple ahead of us tried to breech the rock falls and returned to meet us as we were attempting to continue upward. We then gave up because of the dangers involved. The Forest Service should put a warning sign at the trail head.

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