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.
Winter is upon us. Please be prepared for all conditions and be aware that there are fewer daylight hours. Leave an itinerary and do not rely on electronic devices See the outdoor safety page for more.
The steel bridge at milepost 1.9 on the Larch Mountain trail 441 and the bridge crossing at Oneonta Gorge at the intersection of Trail 400/438 and Trail 400/424 at is safe to cross ONE PERSON AT A TIME.
There is a slide across Larch Mountain Trail #441 at about milepost 1.5. This is near Ecola Falls and above Multnomah Falls. At this time it is not recommended to cross this slide. This situation will make the Larch/Wahkeena loop impassable.
Area(s): 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.
There is an unsafe, icy, impassable landslide on Larch Mtn tr #441 near Ecola Falls. The Wahkeena/Larch Mtn trail loop is closed and should not be attempted. The trails on either side of the slide are in good condition as of 12/13/13.