#38 Hood River trail–pipeline

Hood River penstock pipeline

Hood River pipeline trail

Hood River Penstock "flume" pipe, from the now-dismantled Hood River dam (2011)

The Hood River penstock flume pipeline trail has changed significantly in June 2011.  A length of the curvy pipe shown in my book with Muir and Jenny atop it (shown above) has been removed.  You can still walk where the pipe was and then get on top of the pipe once again as it crosses the Hood River on the pipeline bridge.  From there you can now walk about another mile until the dead-end spot where the river washed-out the pipeline in 2006.

Hood River "Rainbow garden", where the leaking penstock pipe would squirt water out for a 200-yard section just upstream of the bridged river crossing. Since 2006, when a flood wiped-out the pipe upstream, the rainbows are no more. Damn!


Hood River's Rainbow Garden. R.I.P., summer 2010 when the upstream dam was removed, but the penstock pipe and this walkway atop it were left in place. It makes a really interesting walk along the rushing Hood River, just minutes from downtown.


Hood River double-rainbow-a-rama (pre 2006)


The now-missing pipe section along the RR tracks


Welded-shut penstock pipe along the Hood River

 Before Pacific Corp welded-shut the penstock pipe, I happened to walk down the check-out the situation…and i found the pipe was “open”…so here’s what the inside of a century-old penstock pipe looks like:

Looking out of Hood River's penstock pipe fromn the 1911 Powerdale dam

 There are still sections of the pipe to walk. This section is at the parking lot:

Powerdale dam penstock flume pipe


Looking back to the parking area

 You can still “walk the guardrailed pipe” along the rushing Hood River:

Penstock pipeline along the Hood River

 This next photo is the end of the pipeline along the Hood River.   The flood of 2006 washed-out the section. Turn back here!

The end of the Hood River pipeline trail



One Response to “#38 Hood River trail–pipeline”

  1. Camping and exploring with Hayden at the Gorge Says:

    […] we got to Hood River, I wanted to check out this place described in the Curious Gorge book called the Hood River Trail pipeline. Funny story about this actually. I was referencing an older […]

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