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.
We have reports of many trees down on virtually all Gorge trails on the Oregon side between Angel’s Rest and Wyeth. Please recreate safely. If you encounter such obstacles on our trails, please let us know by posting on our Facebook page, Twitter, using our contact us form or by calling our main office to report conditions, (541) 308-1700.
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. Due to the windstorm of Nov. 17, there are many logs over the trails.
"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.
Larch Mtn road will be gated for the season at milepost 10 starting Nov. 27, 2015. The road typically reopens in May-June. This road accesses Larch Mtn Trailhead, the top portion of Oneonta Tr #424, Bell Creek trail and Sherrard Point. For more info, visit: www.multco.us/roads