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Hugo Neighborhood Association & Historical Society


Pacific Highway
Burgess Gulch
Walker Mountain
Quartz Creek
Sexton Mountain



Photo taken by Mike Walker from Old Pacific Highway on 4/24/2004.

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Pacific Highway 1: 1913 - 1926

With the slogan, "Get Oregon Out of the Mud," the 1913 Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Highway Department and the "official" Pacific Highway 1. Fragments of the 16' wide highway with two-foot concrete shoulders can be found on today’s Highway 99 N near the Hugo I-5 interchange; it was paved in 1922 and was designated U.S. 99 in 1926 (see map).

U. S. Highway 99: 1926 - 1960

Highway 99 N is on the south slope of Mt. Sexton. This mountain is a dominate feature in the Hugo neighborhood. It is 3,834' high and named after Hugo pioneers, David and Caroline (Stumbo) (Niday) Sexton. David was an Indian fighter in the 1850s and Caroline was an 1850s donation land claimant (Donation Land Claim No. 40; Patent No. 1479).

Additional Photos

Interstate 5: 1960 - Present

Vehicle Travel Miles

0.0 Hugo I-5 Interchange Parking. Elev. 1,160'
0.35 Junction of Highway 99 N junction & Jumpoff Joe Creek Road
1.1 Hidden remnant of Pacific Highway 1 - 70 yards of old road in brush
1.2 180 degree Switchback
1.6 Viewpoints began for approximately 1 mile stretch.
2.55 Gate preventing drive to Sexton Mt. Lookout
3.0 Above Sexton Mt. Pass (Elevation 1,960 at I-5)
3.2 Gate on Old Highway 99 N; old sign in oak tree: "U.S. Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau"

Vehicle Travel Time In Minutes

1.1 - 1.2 miles & 2 - 3 to remnant of old Pacific Highway 1 and 180 degree      switchback.
2.1 - 3.3 miles & 4 - 9 minutes to viewpoints.
3.5 miles & 10 minutes from Hugo I-5 parking to Sexton Mt. Pass barrier.

More Information

Five popular Hugo view points are:

Pacific Highway
Burgess Gulch
Walker Mountain
Quartz Creek
Sexton Mountain Lookout

The 5-10 minute drive from the Hugo I-5 interchange to old Pacific Highway viewpoints is on public paved and gravel roads (two-wheel drive).

OUTDOOR RISK WARNING STATEMENT - WARNING! There is a personal risk the individual assumes anytime he ventures into the "wilds" of Hugo. Non-paved roads can be dangerous anytime, but especially in near vertical terrain (i.e., narrow, steep, curvy, blind corners, edge of cliff, poor road material, overhanging vegetation, mud holes, loose rocks, changing conditions, etc.). Besides dangerous roads there are other environmental elements to prepared for: weather, hazardous terrain, potentially dangerous plants, and critters. The big "real" common concerns are hot summer heat, ticks, poison oak, and rattlesnakes. The Hugo Neighborhood assumes no liability for information provided, nor any harm that may result from individuals traveling into the "wilds."   See Link to expanded risk warning statement for more information.

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