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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Trail Report

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Latest Updates -- February 28, 2018

With all our winter weather, expect snow and ice on all trails in the Scenic Area and plan appropriately. The waterfall corridor and trails such as Herman Creek and the PCT are best explored with snowshoes, trekking poles, carrying the Ten Essentials and extra supplies for winter travel.  Note that our trails are not maintained or marked for winter travel, and may be difficult to follow under snow and ice.  There is a report of a slide on Wahkeena trail making it impassable at this time.

Exit 41 at Eagle Creek is closed due to a landslide. Oregon State Parks has closed Starvation Creek Trailhead, so Mt. Defiance and Starvation Ridge trails are inaccessible. The Historic Columbia River Highway is open, with limited parking. The Larch Mountain snow gate is closed until May, but snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and biking is permitted on the road. 

Recent Search and Rescue missions are a reminder that snow depths increase with elevation! Turn around before you become disoriented or injured by traversing in deep snow. North facing slopes receive little to no sunlight, and trails may be buried under feet of snow not far from the trailhead. Check NOAA Weather Forecast before heading out, and avoid the burned area during high wind and rain events.

Most of the area and trails located between Multnomah Falls and Cascade Locks remain legally closed due to remaining post-fire hazards. Check the Eagle Creek Fire Closure map and respect closure signs them as they mark dangerous areas, and those who enter closed areas are subject to citations and fines. We’re actively working with partners on these trails and you may create a hazard for yourself and crews.

About Our Trail Maintenance

Reports are updated based on the latest staff and visitor observations. Yet, wilderness is wild and conditions can change very quickly in the forest! Please be prepared to encounter unexpected obstacles (logs, trail washouts, overgrown sections) on your hike.

To report downed trees on the trail, call (541) 308-1700. Please note the number of trees, approximate location on the trail, and approximate tree diameter. (Tip: can you wrap your arms around it or is it bigger?)



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