Get ta Conin'
At the northern terminus of Oregon's section of the Pacific Crest Trail, the little town of Cascade Locks clings to the shores of the Columbia River. Immortalized in Cheryl Strayed's "Wild," as the ever distant goal, it's a spot cherished as a recharge stop for those thru-hikers heading on to Canada. The Eastwind Drive-in is a first stop for many wandering down off the shoulders of Mt Hood into civilization. The Eastwind is a welcoming, economical foray into anything not trail food. And while the burgers and cheese stuffed tater tots would seem gastronomical after a couple of weeks of granola three times a day, it's the ice cream cones that kick things up a few notches. You don't need to suffer through hundreds of trail miles to cash in on this wonderful treat. Just 45 minutes from Portland, the Eastwind is one of several great stops on a Scenic Gorge tour.
By Jay Rymeski, AFAR Local Expert
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