From Mount Hood to the Pacific Coast: A Signature Trail Experience
Connecting many of northwest Oregon’s iconic attractions and creating a potentially international tourist magnet.
Presenters: Mark Davison, Design Manager, Oregon State Parks; Kristin Dahl, Director – Destination Development, Travel Oregon; Ken Pirie, Senior Associate, Walker Macy
Imagine heading west from Portland, by foot or bike along the Columbia River, all the way to the Oregon Coast. Then, from Tillamook, return to town along the wild Salmonberry River. Now, head east through the Columbia Gorge, to Hood River, up to Mount Hood and back through Estacada– still by trail– all the way to Portland. This ambitious vision of 300 miles of big loop trails, heading out from the metro region in a figure eight, is being called the Infinity Loop. What is new about this vision, however, is the idea of connecting many of northwest Oregon’s iconic attractions and creating a potentially international tourist magnet.
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