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.
"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.
Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Area/Trailhead, Klickitat Trail, Lyle Trailhead
Date(s): Jul 4, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016
Announcing the Closure for the Summer of the Swale Canyon section of the Klickitat Trail due to Fire Hazard. This is from MP 16 in Wahkiakus to MP 28.5 at Harms Road. Whenever the DNR classifies the fire danger in Klickitat County to be High, Swale Canyon is closed by Washington State Parks.
This section of the Trail will open whenever DNR re-classifies the fire danger back down to Moderate, which usually occurs in late September or early October.
The rest of the Klickitat Trail is open year round. If you go, please take plenty of water and sun protection.