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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Trail Report

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Latest Updates -- October 3, 2018

Six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, the paved bike and walking path, has re-opened between John B. Yeon Trailhead and Cascade Locks.

Trailkeepers of Oregon has been working on the 400 Trail between Ainsworth and Multnomah Falls and between Wyeth Campground and Herman Creek. The Pacific Crest Trail Association completed the log out of the Herman Creek Trail, which is now fully cleared. CRGNSA crews continue to work on west side trails including Devils Rest and continue to work on bollards for the Larch Mountains Trail near Multnomah Falls.

Due to active rockslides, there is no time frame for the opening of the Historic Highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth State Parks. We continue to work with the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon State Parks to coordinate work on trails closed by the Eagle Creek Fire. For more information on which trails are open in the CRGNSA, Mt. Hood National Forest, and Oregon State Parks check Eagle Creek Fire Closure.

Please stay on the trail and remember that cross country (off trail) travel in the Eagle Creek Fire perimeter is prohibited. If you encounter closure signs on a trail, respect them as they mark dangerous, heavily impacted areas. Violators who enter closed areas are subject to citations and fines. The CRGNSA trail crew and volunteer partners are actively working on these trails, and you may create a hazard for yourself and crews.

As we approach the fall rainy season, it’s more important than ever to check the NOAA Weather Forecast before heading out. It’s strongly recommended to avoid hiking the burned area during high wind and rainfall events.

Please note, the Larch Mountain Trail is still closed past Benson Bridge for visitor safety. Parking can still be limited at times in the I-84 parking lot, so we recommend riding the Columbia Gorge Express shuttle, which now runs daily with stops at Gateway Transit Center in Portland, Rooster Rock State Park, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, and Hood River. Learn more at the Columbia Gorge Express website.

Several eastside trails are open and crews continue to work on these trails. Parking at Starvation Creek State Park and Herman Creek Trailhead remains limited, so carpool, go early (before 10 am), or hike mid-week.

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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