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Gorge Motorcycle Route
on WA-14 & Historic Columbia River Highway
To Maryhill (Stonehenge) & back

200+ miles near Portland, Oregon


International trips by motorcycle
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Northern England & Scotland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Trips riding my own motorcycle
California ("Lost Coast" and gold country), Idaho, Montana (Glacier NP), Nevada, Oregon, Washington (state), Wyoming (Yellowstone), Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay).

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  I'm not fond of the gorge on the Oregon side, but I LOVE it on the Washington state side!

This is a 200 mile ride from Portland to the Stonehenge replica in Maryhill, Washington and back. There are plenty of places to eat lunch or just stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. It's all paved.

And once you do this route, you can change it up and do just half this route and then combine it with another trip - like up to Mt. Adams, or down around Mt. Hood.

I highly recommend the Washington state side of the route for new motorcycle riders.

This is the route, clockwise from Portland:


However you want to, get to WA-14 in Washington state, from Vancouver, heading East. You stay on that road for more than 90 miles, all the way to Maryhill. This doesn’t really get scenic until after Camas and Washougal, but I promise, it gets beautiful!

Head back West on WA-14 for about 60 miles and then cross the Columbia River at the Bridge of the Gods (toll).

Take the ramp onto I-84/U.S. 30 W and continue on the freeway for about 8 miles. Then take exit 35 toward Historic Hwy/Ainsworth State Park. Merge onto E Historic Columbia River Hwy.

This historic highway takes you by Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls and, of course, Vista House. You will want to stop at some or all of those places, but we warned: on a weekend, especially if it's really pretty, the traffic around the falls and Vista House will be thick, with people who don't know how to drive looking for parking - and not seeing you at all.

After you enjoy Vista House, continue on the Crown Point Hwy, through Corbett, and continuing on the Historic Columbia River Hwy to Troutdale.

And, of course, you can do the route in the opposite direction!

Closer Up on the Route


My husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle travelers, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, and affordable. They are German-designed and made in the USA! All available in custom sizes.

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)

400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 34" x 9 34" x 7 34")

1.6 mm (116") thick aluminum

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

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  • are completely welded, not glued or riveted
  • have a lid with four loops to fasten more luggage & lid is  removable, for easy loading/unloading
  • tie down hooks which can each be locked with a small padlock
  • gasket in the lid makes the boxes waterproof
  • all attachment parts (loops, tie down hooks, screws) made of stainless steel
  • all corners and bends are rounded
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More Oregon and Washington suggested short motorcycle routes.

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