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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Trail Report

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Latest Updates -- August 8, 2018

The Larch Mountain Trail remains closed above the Benson Bridge as the CRGNSA crew installs gabions and improves damaged sections of the trail. Trail improvement work continues on the BZ Falls Trail. TKO is helping to remove rock on the Columbia Historic Highway and PCTA is working on the closed Eagle Creek Trail from the Mount Hood side.

Due to rockslides, ODOT has 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.

Know before you go by checking weather conditions in the Gorge and plan your trip accordingly NOAA Weather Forecast.

Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls is open. Please note, the Larch Mountain Trail is still closed past Benson Bridge for visitor safety. Parking is limited to the I-84 parking lot, so we strongly 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.

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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