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PostFri Dec 12, 2014 2:08 am 
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Forest Trails and Highways of the Mt. Hood Region
Oregon National Forest, 1920, USDA Circular 105.

The Columbia River Highway opened in 1915.  In July 1916, Eagle Creek Campground (the first developed campground built by USFS anywhere in the US) opened.  USFS issued a brochure that year noting that Eagle Creek campground was manned, but no trail existed up Eagle Creek but was planned.  Hikers were encouraged to continue 6 miles up to view several falls, the last one "spouting out of rock".  The trail was completed in 1919.

Also in 1919, the old Barlow toll wagon road became a public Mt. Hood Loop Road, making the east side of Mt. Hood accessible to the public.

This delightful 32-page 1920 guidebook celebrates the new Eagle Creek Trail with a two-page description and a detailed three-page trail log.  "The Eagle Creek Trail is one of the costliest and best mountain trails in the West.  For thousands of feet it has been cut through solid rock, and in one place goes behind a waterfall through a tunnel cut into the mountain."

The guidebook includes two larger foldout maps.

Cover
Cover
page 1
page 1
page 2
page 2
page 3
page 3
page 4
page 4
page 5
page 5
page 6
page 6
page 7, Eagle Creek Trail
page 7, Eagle Creek Trail
page 8
page 8
Key Map foldout
Key Map foldout
page 9, Eagle Creek Trail Log
page 9, Eagle Creek Trail Log
page 10
page 10
page 11
page 11
page 12, Lost Lake
page 12, Lost Lake
page 13, Lookout Mountain Trail
page 13, Lookout Mountain Trail
page 14
page 14
page 15, north climb
page 15, north climb
page 16, south climb
page 16, south climb
page 17, Zig Zag Mountain Trail
page 17, Zig Zag Mountain Trail
page 18
page 18
page 19, campgrounds
page 19, campgrounds
page 20, summer homes
page 20, summer homes
page 21
page 21
page 22, gear
page 22, gear
page 23, climbing
page 23, climbing
page 24
page 24
page 25
page 25
page 26, food
page 26, food
map foldout (1.3 MB)
map foldout (1.3 MB)
page 27
page 27
page 28, trees
page 28, trees
page 29
page 29
page 30
page 30
page 31
page 31
page 32
page 32

Topics: Multnomah Falls, Cloud Cap Inn, Lost Lake Road, Larch Mountain Trail, Wauna Point Trail, Eagle Creek Trail, Wahtum Lake, Herman Creek Trail, Mount Chinidere, Indian Mountain, Lost Lake Trail, Elk Meadows and Indian Mountain Trail, Government Falls Hotel, Zig Zag Mountain Trail, Squaw Mountain Trail, Beacon Rock Trail, Hamilton Mountain Trail, Eagle Creek Campground, Zig Zag River Campground, Still Creek Campground, Lost Lake Campground, Bull Run Reserve.

Future trails:
Only a fragment of the Timberline Trail encircling Mt. Hood appears in this 1920 map; it will be proposed in 1932, and construction started in 1933.
The Oregon Skyline Trail (future Pacific Crest Trail) route from Crater Lake to Government Camp was scouted in 1920, and the first complete map of its initial route would appear in 1921.  A map of the completed trail (with many new, re-routed, sections) would appear in 1936, and it would then include the eastern Timberline Trail to Eden Park, then Lost Lake, Wahtum Lake and down Eagle Creek to the Columbia River.
These trails are highlighted in an updated version of this guide, Mt. Hood Recreation Guide No. 41, which appears in 1936.

All pages are scanned at 240 dpi.  Content, and these scans, and are not copyrighted and are in the public domain.  They're also posted and may be easily downloaded at Picasa.

Source: National Archives, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle), Record Group 95: Records of USFS Region 6 (Portland), Box 50, folder "Oregon NF".

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"of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt" - John Muir
"the wild is not the opposite of cultivated.  It is the opposite of the captivated” - Vandana Shiva
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PostThu Dec 18, 2014 12:40 pm 
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Thanks for posting this - it is marvelous!

I posted a link to this thread down at portlandhikers.org, where historic trails in the Hood / Gorge area are of lively interest.

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PostThu Dec 18, 2014 4:28 pm 
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Love it!  Thanks for posting that.   biggrin.gif

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