Posted Mt. Hood Territory Heritage trail sign for site #16, Rogerson Clematis Garden, with pink dogwood tree in background.

Take to the new Heritage Trail

Jarrod Lyman | 12/18/2017 | Canby, Communities, Estacada, Gladstone, Government Camp, Heritage, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, North Clackamas, Oregon City, Sandy, West Linn

Heritage Trail at the Ermatinger House

There's a lot of history here in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. We're the end of the Oregon Trail, we had the first newspaper west of the Rockies, first long-distance transmission of electricity, not to mention the first incorporated city. There are so many stories to tell, and we've got a way for you to get those stories.

Meet the Mt. Hood Territory Heritage Trail.

The Heritage Trail encompasses 25 sites throughout The Territory. You can learn about each site by texting a key word to the number listed on the sign at the location. You can also download the app from both iTunes or Google Play. Or, dial the phone number listed on each sign to call to hear the stories. There are numerous ways you can hear the tale behind the Dibble and Von Der Ahe houses in Molalla or learn about the Lake Oswego Iron Smelter.

The mobile site is one of the best features. Use it to direct you to additional sites along the trail and other points of interest including dining, lodging and activities. If you're a cyclist, there are three biking tours that highlight stops along the trail. The Canby Ferry Heritage Loop wins along some of the most beautiful farmland you've ever seen around Canby and on up in Lake Oswego. The Oregon City trail is the easier of the three, at only three miles long. It's also packed with heritage sites, with a total of six on the short ride. The Clackamas Countryside Heritage Loop is a 30-mile tour that visits 4 sites as you start and finish at Baker Cabin. It's just up the street from the Stone Cliff Inn, a perfect place to refuel after the ride. 

Our heritage is a big part of who we are in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory, so come on out and explore it!

Jarrod Lyman has more than 13 years tourism experience. He is currently loving his job overseeing content for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest

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