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Image, 2013, Sign, Barlow Road, click to enlarge
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Barlow Road sign, Foster Farm, Eagle Creek, Oregon. Image taken May 4, 2013.


The Barlow Road ...
The Barlow Road was a part of the Oregon Trail. The road was authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 1845, and by September 1846, it made its way around the south side of Mount Hood. This 80-to-110-mile road provided an alternative to the dangerous and expensive route that used rafts to transport wagons down the Columbia River. The Barlow Road began at The Dalles, Oregon, headed south through Dufur and Tygh Valley (which some folks consider the start of the Barlow Road), then turned west at Gate Creek and generally followed the White River before it headed north through Barlow Pass and Government Camp. It then passed through "Tollgate #5" near today's Rhododendron and continued to the community of Sandy, where it turned west and ended up at Oregon City.


Follow the Barlow Road ... (east to west)
  • The Dalles to Tygh Valley
    • Overview ...
    • The Dalles, Oregon ...
    • The Dalles ... Wascopam Mission and Fort Dalles
    • Leaving The Dalles ...
    • The Dalles to Tygh Valley Segment ...
    • Dry Hollow Road to Threemile Creek ...
    • Threemile Creek Crossing ...
    • Fivemile Creek Crossing ...
    • Eightmile Creek Crossing ...
    • ALTERNATIVE: U.S. Route 197 ...
    • U.S. Route 197, Mount Hood Views ...
    • Dufur and Fifteenmile Creek Crossing ...
    • Friend and Kingsley ...
    • Oak Creek and Butler Canyon ...
    • Tygh Valley ...
    • Barlow Road Cutoff, John Day to Tygh Valley ...
  • Tygh Valley to Wamic
    • Overview ...
    • Tygh Valley ...
    • Tygh Creek Crossing ...
    • Tygh Valley (the community) ...
    • Tygh Valley to Wamic ...
    • Wamic ...
    • Wamic ... Threemile Creek Crossing
  • Following the White River
    • Overview ...
    • White River ...
    • Wamic to USFS Road #3530 ...
    • ALTERNATIVE: USFS Road #48 ...
    • Rock Creek ...
    • Rock Creek Crossing ...
    • ALTERNATIVE: USFS Road #48, Rock Creek Reservoir ...
    • Smock Prairie ...
    • Gate Creek ...
    • Gate Creek Crossing ...
    • Gate Creek Crossing ... First Tollgate (1846 to 1852)
    • ALTERNATIVE: USFS Road #48, Gate Creek Crossing ...
    • Gate Creek heading West ...
    • Immigrant Spring ...
    • Boulder Ditch and Boulder Creek Crossing ...
    • Deep Creek Crossing ...
    • White River Crossing ...
    • ALTERNATIVE: USFS Road #48 and #43, White River Crossing ...
    • White River Station Campground ...
  • Following Barlow Creek
    • Overview ...
    • USFS Road #3530 ...
    • Barlow Creek ...
    • Barlow Creek Crossing ...
    • Barlow Crossing Campground and Barlow Creek Campground ...
    • ALTERNATIVE: USFS Road #48 and #43, Barlow Crossing Campground ...
    • Klinger's Camp ...
    • Grindstone Campground ...
    • Following USFS Road #3530 ...
    • Fort Deposit ...
    • Devil's Half Acre Campground ...
  • Side Trip to Mount Hood
    • Mount Hood ...
    • From Joel Palmer's Journal ...
  • Barlow Pass to Oregon Highway 35
    • Overview ...
    • Barlow Pass ...
    • USFS Road #3530 to Barlow Pass ...
    • Between Road #3530 and Road #3531 ...
    • Barlow Pass Sno-Park ...
    • Grave Trail ...
    • Territorial Stage Road ...
    • Pioneer Woman's Grave ...
    • Crossing the East Fork Salmon River ...
    • East Fork Salmon River ... "Rock Wall"
    • East Fork Salmon River ... "Marking the Trail"
    • Oregon Highway 35 and Highway 26 Junction ...
  • Summit Meadows to Government Camp
    • Overview ...
    • Trillium Lake Sno-Park ...
    • Crossing USFS Road #2656 ...
    • Trillium Lake ...
    • Summit Meadows ...
    • Summit Meadows ... Summit House
    • Summit Meadows ... Perry Vickers House ... Third Tollgate (1866 to 1871)
    • Summit Meadows ... Pioneer Cemetery
    • Summit Meadows ... Baby Morgan Grave
    • Summit Meadows ... "Graffiti Rocks"
    • Still Creek and East Perry Vickers Road ...
    • Still Creek Campground ...
    • Still Creek Campground ... Swim
    • USFS Barlow Trail #601A ...
  • Government Camp to Laurel Hill
    • Overview ...
    • USFS Barlow Trail #601A ...
    • Summit Ranger Station ...
    • Government Camp ...
    • Government Camp Route Segment ...
    • Government Camp ... Mount Hood Cultural Center & Museum
    • Ski Bowl West ...
    • Government Camp to Laurel Hill ...
    • Glacier View Sno-Park ...
  • Descending Laurel Hill
    • Overview ...
    • Laurel Hill ...
    • Laurel Hill ... Historical Marker
    • Laurel Hill ... 5 Chutes
    • Laurel Hill ... Chute #1
    • Laurel Hill ... Chute #2
    • Laurel Hill ... Chute #3
    • Laurel Hill ... Chute #4
    • Laurel Hill ... Chute #5
  • Laurel Hill to Rhododendron
    • Overview ...
    • Laurel Hill ... "Meeting Rocks" ... Fourth Tollgate (1871 to 1883)
    • Pioneer Bridle Trail ... Laurel Hill to Rhododendron
    • Crossing the Zigzag River ...
    • Zigzag River ... Joel Palmer's Journal
    • Tollgate Replica ... Fifth Tollgate (1883 to 1918)
    • Tollgate Replica ... Maples
    • Tollgate Campground
    • Rhododendron ...
  • Rhododendron to Brightwood ... the Road Divides
    • Rhododendron ...
    • Rhododendron Route Segment ...
      • East Rhododendron Segment ...
      • West Rhododendron Segment ...
    • North Route and South Route ...
    • Rhododendron to Brightwood ... North Route
      • North Bank Route Segment ... (Rhododendron to Brightwood)
      • Rhododendron ... East Arlie Mitchell Road
      • Rhododendron ... Henry Creek Crossing
      • Following the Zigzag River ...
      • Zigzag River Road ...
      • East Mountain Drive and East Lolo Pass Road ...
      • Sandy River ... "Upper Crossing"
      • Following the Sandy River ...
      • East Barlow Trail Road ...
    • Rhododendron to Brightwood ... South Alternative of the Barlow Road
      • "South Alternative of the Barlow Road" ...
      • South Bank Route Segment ...
      • Re-crossing the Zigzag River and Crossing Still Creek ...
      • Zigzag Ranger Station ...
      • Wildwood Recreation Site ...
      • Heading North ...
      • Brightwood ...
      • Brightwood ... Salmon River
      • Crossing the Sandy River ...
      • North and South routes rejoin ...
  • Following the Sandy River ... Brightwood to Sandy
    • Overview ...
    • Following the Sandy River ...
    • North Bank Route Segment ... (Brightwood to Devil's Backbone)
    • East Barlow Trail Road ...
    • East Barlow Trail Road ... Barlow Wayside
    • Marmot Road ...
    • Marmot Road ... Rock Corral
    • Marmot Road ... Marmot
    • Devil's Backbone ...
    • Devil's Backbone Route Segment ...
    • Devil's Backbone to the Sandy River Crossing ...
    • Marmot Road into Ten Eyck Road ...
    • View the Devil's Backbone ... Jonsrud Viewpoint
  • Crossing the Sandy River
    • Overview ...
    • Sandy River Crossing Route Segment ...
    • Sandy River ... "Lower Crossing"
    • Sandy River ... "Lower Crossing" ... "Revenue Bridge"
    • Sandy River ... Second Tollgate (1853 to 1865)
    • Cedar Creek ...
    • SE Ten Eyck Road ...
    • Sandy, Oregon ...
  • Sandy to Eagle Creek
    • Overview ...
    • Sandy, Oregon ...
    • Sandy, Oregon ... City Hall ... Highway 26 crossing Barlow Road
    • Sandy to the Philip Foster Farm ...
    • Tupper Road and the crossing of Tickle Creek ...
    • Highway 211 and the crossing of Deep Creek ...
    • Deep Creek to Jackknife Road ...
    • On to Phillip Foster's Farm ...
    • Philip Foster Farm ...
    • Philip Foster Farm ... Prairie Schooner
    • Philip Foster Farm ... Lilacs
    • Crossing Eagle Creek ...
    • Eagle Creek to the Clackamas River ...
  • Crossing the Clackamas River
    • Overview ...
    • Crossing the Clackamas River ...
    • 1st Crossing ...
      • "Feldheimer Ford and Feldheimer Ferry" ...
    • 2nd Crossing ...
      • "Carver Crossing" ...
      • Baker's Ferry, Baker Bridge, and the Carver Bridge ...
      • Baker's Cabin Historical Site ...
      • Baker's Quarry ...
      • Pioneer Church ...
    • 3rd Crossing ...
      • "Barton Crossing and LaTourette Ferry" ...
      • Barton Bridge and Barton County Park ...
  • Clackamas River to Oregon City
    • Overview ...
    • On to Oregon City ...
    • Springwater Route Segment ...
      • Feldheimer Segment ...
      • Gerber Segment ...
      • Clear Creek Segment ...
    • Holcomb Route Segment ...
      • Moss Hill Segment ...
      • Holcomb Valley Segment ...
    • Oregon City, Oregon ...

Along the Trail ...

Image, 2013, Great Horned Owl, Wasco County, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Great Horned Owl family on the road to Fivemile Creek, The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.

The Great Horned Owl can be found throughout the entire United States and no doubt early Barlow Road pioneers were well aware of them. Their distinctive "hoot" is a familiar sound in the early evenings.
Image, 2013, Red-tailed Hawk nest, Wasco County, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Red-tailed Hawk nest near Eightmile Creek, The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
Image, 2013, Western Meadowlark, Wasco County, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Western Meadowlark on the road from Tygh Valley to Wamic, Wasco County, Oregon. Image taken June 5, 2013.

The Western Meadowlark, a bird of the prairies, sings a distinctive song identified by many. It occupies wild grassland spaces throughout Oregon and was made Oregon's State Bird in 1927.
Image, 2013, Lewis's Woodpecker, Wasco County, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Lewis's Woodpecker on the road from Wamic to Rock Creek Reservoir, Wasco County, Oregon. Image taken June 5, 2013.

The Lewis's Woodpecker is a woodpecker of the open woodlands of the western plains and is often found in groves of oak trees. It was first seen and described in 1806 by Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and subsequently named after him.
Image, 2013, Gray Jay, Barlow Pass, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gray Jay at Barlow Pass, Clackamas County, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2013.

Once known as the "Oregon Jay", the Gray Jay was discovered by Lewis and Clark.
Image, 2012, Varied Thrush, Still Creek Campground, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Female Varied Thrush on the Barlow Road, Still Creek Campground, Claackamas County, Oregon. Image taken July 6, 2012.

In 1806 Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition and who had never seen a Varied Thrush before, referred to this bird as a "pale yellow Streiked and dove coloured robin".






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