Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Oregon
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""In a Pinch' back way to Portland"
Germantown Road is a really twisty turning one lane each way road. Its scary at night or early morning before the sun has come up, as its up over the mountain, and in amongst the trees its dark and shaded. If you stay on Old Germantown Road it has some really sharp hairpin turns which you will need to go really slow around, but you do eventually catch up to New Germantown Road - which isnt quite as turn filled. Its about a 30 min drive from Cornelius Pass to the end of the road, at highway 30 - which will either take you into St Helens (if you go left) or into Portland via St Johns Bridge (if you go right).
I wouldnt suggest taking this route if you are a new driver or if its late night or early morning. Some of the other drivers who use the road alot tend to really speed along it and it can be absolutely frightening if you arent used to it.
The scenary, however, along the way is absolutely gorgeous. Its out in the wilderness (or feels like it anyway) and all green and lush. I wouldnt want to break down along there though as I dont know how much a tow truck would cost from there, or how long it would take them to find you.
In a pinch if there was a problem on Hwy 26 - a mudslide (as there was last year when the hill slid into the freeway) or an accident in the zoo tunnel, I would take Germantown Road to get to work and it was just fine, but as a general rule I really do prefer more modern roads with a few more lanes and not so many hair raising turns.