Columbia River Gorge Landscape

Landscape with a crop.

I’ve always wanted to post a panorama on here to see how it would look and so today’s the day.

It’s a shot of the Columbia River Gorge taken from the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail last September. From left to right the shot pans about 180 degrees from West to North to East.

Richard C Gessford

And here’s a crop of the view looking west toward Hood River.

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The Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail runs about 5 miles (each way) between Mosier and Hood River on the Historic Columbia River highway. The road was built in the 1930’s and beautiful old school masonry stonework like you see in the foreground is common.  The section between Mosier and Hood River is closed to vehicular traffic and the wide paved roadway makes for a hike and bike trail extraordinaire featuring spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge along with an interesting climate change from desert to forest as you pass from east to west through the twin tunnels.

Finally, here’s a short iPhone video I made on the trail last fall. Note the use of the panorama in the video. I like using panoramas in videos to produce nice steady pan shots.

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7 Responses to Columbia River Gorge Landscape

  1. ibdunn says:

    Great idea to incorporate the pan in the video – I like the music too it’s great. When I was really into windsurfing I had dreams of visiting the Gorge and windsurfing on the hood river- I assume you are somewhere close to where the windsurfers and probably kiteboarders go now…!!??

  2. Marvin Bescheinen says:

    Beautiful landscape, Richard. Great job on the panoramas and tunnels. Thanks for sharing.

  3. cynthiamvoss says:

    These are beautiful! I recently read Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail, and this helps me picture the scenery that the author described. Is this area anywhere near the PCT?

    • Thank you Cynthia! The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks, about 25 miles west of where this photograph was taken. It’s quite amazing how much the climate changes in that 25 miles. At Cascade Locks you have dense evergreen forest whereas it’s more an arid desert landscape where this photo was taken. I’ve met many PCT hikers at Shelter Cove on Odell Lake in July. They start in Southern California in April and work their way north over the course of the summer. What an adventure!

      • cynthiamvoss says:

        Thanks for the information! I have mental pictures for all of those places you mentioned, as they were in the book. It’s surprising how dramatically the terrain and climate change in a relatively short distance. On the east coast it’s more gradual… And we don’t have deserts 🙂

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