Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Home Regions Campsites Penny Postcards My Corps of Discovery Image Index Links About This Site Main Menu
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road"
Includes ... Rooster Rock Wagon Road ... Rooster Rock ... Chanticleer Point ...
Image, 2004, Rooster Rock, Oregon, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Rooster Rock, Oregon. View from Tunnel Point, off of Interstate 84, Portland, Oregon. Image taken October 10, 2004.


Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road ...
The Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, also known as the "Rooster Rock Wagon Road", started at the railway station at Rooster Rock (near the Cannery) and wound it's way up the basalt cliffs to the Chanticleer Inn at Chanticleer Point. Today this is the location of the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Patrons of the Inn would arrive at Rooster Rock by boat or train, and then walk or ride up the steep, unpaved road.

History ...

"Early train travelers could take a shuttle and brave a winding road from the base of the cliff to the inn. Portions of that road still exist. The upper end of it can be accessed only by hikers from the western side of the parking lot. Several vistas are available for those taking the time to walk the existing portion of the road which is passable for eight tenths of a mile from the park."


Source:    Portland Women's Forum State Park website, 2014.

Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Point, 1927 and 1944 ...

Multnomah County Map, 1927
Click image to enlarge
Map detail, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Point road, Multnomah County, 1927, Metsker Maps.
Source: "HistoricalMapWorks.com" website.
Multnomah County Map, 1944
Click image to enlarge
Map detail, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Point road, Multnomah County, 1944, Metsker Maps.
Source: "HistoricalMapWorks.com" website.


The Road Today ...
Many parts of the old road can be hiked today. The upper trailhead begins at the northwest end of the Portland Women's Forum Viewpoint, behind the closed gate. It proceeds downslope to Rooster Rock. As of April 2014, Oregon State Parks is considering reviving the old road, repairing destroyed or missing sections, and turning it into an "historical" hiking trail.

Views along the Old Road ...

Image, 2014, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon. View of Road less than 0.1 mile from trailhead at Chanticleer Point. Image taken July 7, 2014.
Image, 2014, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon. View of Road approximately 0.13 miles from trailhead at Chanticleer Point, with Vista House and Devil's Rest in the distance. Image taken July 7, 2014.
Image, 2014, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
View, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon. First "viewpoint", about 0.13 miles downhill from trailhead at Chanticleer Point. Image taken July 7, 2014.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




Columbia River GorgeReturn to
Menu
 



SNAKE RIVER CONFLUENCE | COLUMBIA PLATEAU
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE | VANCOUVER PLAINS | JOURNEY TO THE PACIFIC
CAMPSITES


HOME | REGIONS | PENNY POSTCARDS | MY CORPS OF DISCOVERY
IMAGE INDEX | LINKS | ABOUT THIS SITE


COLUMBIA RIVER IMAGES - HOME
NORTHWEST JOURNEY - HOME
NORTHWEST BIRDING
RIDGEFIELD NWR - BIRDS
COMPLETE BIRD LIST - PHOTOS
THE BARLOW ROAD
THE COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY
WILDFLOWERS and WEED BLOSSOMS



*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2014;    Portland Women's Forum State Park website, 2014;    "RecreatingTheHistoricColumbiaRiverHighway.org" website, 2014;

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
ColumbiaRiverImages.com/Regions/Places/rooster_rock_wagon_road.html
© 2016, Lyn Topinka, "ColumbiaRiverImages.com", All rights reserved.
Images are NOT to be downloaded from this website.
July 2014