many other groups have also worked here. Only a small part of the
region has been explored.
At 118.2 m. the exposed strata of a lofty cliff (L), bared by erosion,
tells the geologic history of the region for millions of years.
At 123.6 m. is the junction with US 28 (see TOUR 6a).
Hood River—Mount Hood P. O.—Bennett Pass—Barlow Pass—
Junction with State 50; 44.8 m. State 35.
Asphalt paved roadbed; closed between Cooper Spur Road and Junction witb
State 50 during heavy snows.
All types of accommodations; also public forest camps.
This route, one of the chief approaches to the Mount Hood recrea-
tional area, threads its way through the narrow Hood River Gorge,
crosses the Hood River Valley orchards, pierces deep canyons close to
the eastern base of Mount Hood and scales the Cascade divide.
State 35 branches south from US 30, 0 m., at the eastern edge of
the city of HOOD RIVER (see TOUR 1b). The huge hydro-electric
plant, 0.5 m., in the canyon of the Hood River, serves the fruit-packing
plants and the homes of the Hood River Valley, which is intensely
Also in the gorge are the tracks of the Mount Hood Railroad, which
carries the valley's fruit to packing and processing plants, and lumber
from a large sawmill at Dee to the mainline railroad.
At 1 m. is the junction with a graveled road.
Right on this road to PANORAMA POINT, 2 m. (582 alt.), overlooking
the entire lower valley. Miles of orchards are broken by alfalfa fields and berry
ranches, all sharply outlined by the mesh of irrigation canals bringing water
from Mount Hood. Here and there on little hills are clumps of forest trees,
survivors of the fir and pine that once covered the secluded valley. In May
white blossoms transform the valley into a huge flower bowl. In early autumn
the fruit trees glow with ripe apples and pears, and the oaks and maples flame
with color. In winter the trees and earth mingle in a gray monotone, dominated
by the gleaming white peaks of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
South of the Junction State 35 emerges into the widening valley,
passing neat apple and pear orchards, where orchard crews work during
spring, summer and fall, and occasionally in winter. Irrigation began
in the valley about 1900 and through constant vigilance and scientific