Over two million hikers turn to the trails in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for exercise and adventure. Each year several individuals or parties get lost or hurt in the woods.
Most commonly, hikers get lost going off-trail and then lose the trail or fall from steep edges or cliffs that are all over the area. Before venturing into the Gorge we recommend the following Outdoor Safety Tips.
The USDA Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind visitors to recreate responsibly this summer at Eagle Creek Recreation Area. Hood River County Sheriff’s Office responds to an average of 10 search and rescue calls a year in this area, and in 2013 the total was 17. More information is available here.
There is an active logging operation where the trail crosses private land between Table Mountain and Three Corner Rock, in Southern Washington. Flaggers are on site to delay hikers up to 15 minutes when conditions may be hazardous. The work is expected to continue until about the end of June.
"Over the next two years Oregon Department of Transportastion (ODOT) will repave and replace center barriers on I-84, as well as repair rockfall and bridges from east of Troutdale, OR to Rufus, OR. The project will result in a smoother ride, increased safety and extend the life of the highway.
Catherine Creek Day Use Area/Trailhead, Catherine Creek Trail #4400
Date(s): Feb 6, 2012
The Catherine Creek Arch area is closed for the protection of the geologic and cultural resources permanently. Please click here for a map of the area closure. The closure area is deliniated on the ground by fencing. Please click here for the forest order.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to leave those valuables that you don’t plan on carrying with you at home or in your hotel room when visiting the beautiful Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.
We encourage you to only carry the essentials such as your driver's license, debit/credit card, cell phones, cameras thatyou can keep with you when exiting your vehicle.
Items such as Laptops, MP3 players, GPS units, purses, and backpacks are placed at risk for theft if stored in a vehicle while visiting the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, place them in your trunk BEFORE you get to your destination so as not to alert opportunistic crooks that you have placed valuables in your trunk.
Finally, please report any suspicious activity immediately and minimize your opportunity to become a victim of a car prowl.