Lewiston-Clarkson View

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 29 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

This is a panorama view of the Clearwater River flowing by Lewiston, Idaho and the Snake coming in from the back to divide Idaho from Washington on the right. This view is from the top of Lewiston Hill and shows the complex and rather dangerous old highway weaving over and around various hill on the way to the bottom. Zoom in to see the road detail. It's a 10 mile highway that drops 2000 vertical feet (610m) from top to bottom. The steep grade is mostly out of use, except for the truly adventurous traveler and couple of businesses and several residences built for the panoramic views. Called the "Old Spiral Highway," the very twisty road (64 curves) was opened in 1917 and was the primary route north for 62 years. It was a nightmare for truckers whose brakes failed causing many runaway accidents.