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.
On October 27-29, the Port of Hood River will carry out lift tests of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge which will delay traffic across the Columbia River by 40 minutes or more. Lanes will close for up to 30 minutes between the hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 27-29, so prepare for up to 40 minute delays or seek alternate routes across the Columbia River during those days and times.
Engineers plan to carry out at least eight (8) bridge lifts during that time, to inspect the bridge's trunnions and conduct magnetic particle testing of the rack pinion shafts. The trunnions are critical mechanical systems of the bridge's lift span, and the inspections are key for determining their condition and expected longevity. For more information, visit the Port of Hood River website at portofhoodriver.com, call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645, or email email@example.com.
During the summer of 2017 and potentially through 2018, visitors to Wyeth may experience noise, dust, or other impacts of nearby daytime construction work planned for the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
The constructino project will lead to long-term benefits for visitors to the region, by connecting Wyeth to Lindsey Creek with a bike/walk trail. Once the segment is completed, bikers will be able to ride from the Portland metropolitan area to Viento State Park without having to use the shoulder of the interstate.
The flush toilet restrooms at Eagle Creek Campground are closed indefinitely (until further notice) pending a decision about replacement of the septic field. Portable toilets (which are ADA accessible) are available for visitor use onsite.
This fall, helicopter activity will occur in the upper Catherine and Major Creek areas as part of a project to restore historic forest types in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We regret any inconvenience the helicopter noise may cause to recreationists and residents. Learn more...
Please take precautions against theft when visiting recreation sites within the Gorge by leaving valuables that you don’t plan on carrying with you at home or in your hotel room.
We encourage you to only carry key valuables such as your driver's license, debit/credit card, cell phones, and cameras with you when exiting your vehicle.
Laptops, MP3 players, tablets, GPS units, purses, and backpacks are at risk of theft if left 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.
Expect periodic construction along I-84, the main access route to the Columbia River Gorge, as Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) repaves and replaces center barriers and repairs rockfall and bridges from east of Troutdale, OR to Rufus, OR. Review TripCheck.com for current traffic conditions or sign up for construction email updates around the region.
Thanks for your patience - the project will result in a smoother ride, increased safety and extend the life of the highway.
Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Area/Trailhead, Klickitat Trail, Lyle Trailhead
Date(s): Jul 4, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016
The Swale Canyon section of the Klickitat Trail (MP 16 in Wahkiakus to MP 28.5 at Harms Road) is currently closed due to fire hazards. Whenever Washington 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.