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.
Logging operations resume in Catherine Creek vicinity
Operations have begun for the season in the Catherine Creek Forest Restoration project area. Beginning July 16, residents and visitors in the upper Catherine Creek and Upper Major Creek areas may hear chainsaw and tree-felling activities, or see equipment or log trucks. Project-related helicopter operations may also resume in the near future.
For more information please contact Robin Shoal, 541-308-1716
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.
"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.