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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Trail Report

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Latest Updates -- December 18, 2018

Our volunteer partners continue to improve trails throughout the Scenic Area, with recent work parties on Angel’s Rest, Sams Walker, and the PCT. With the current heavy rains we are experiencing in the gorge, hikers are reminded of the dangers of flash floods, landslides, and other hazards that exist, especially on trails affected by the Eagle Creek Fire. Conditions can change throughout the day and visitors are reminded to check NOAA Weather Forecast before heading out, and to avoid hiking within the burned area during high wind and rain events.

The full length of the Historic Columbia River Highway is now open, but parking is limited and in some cases not permitted along the highway. Be advised that ongoing trail work is occurring on these and other trails, and the risk of rock falls and landslides still exists. The snow gate on Larch Mountain road is now closed for the season, though snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and biking are permitted on the road behind the gate.

Please stay on the trail for your safety! Only official system trails have been stabilized. Most of the area and trails located between Multnomah Falls and Cascade Locks remain legally closed due to remaining post-fire hazards. 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. For more information on which trails are open in the CRGNSA, Mt. Hood National Forest, and Oregon State Parks check Eagle Creek Fire Closure.

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?)