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.
Wahclella Falls Trail and the parking lot will be closed until further notice due to an unstable root wad that crews are working to remove. Saturated soils and ongoing slides have created unstable conditions. We will re-open the trail when it is safe. Please adapt your plans accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The lower portion of Cape Horn Trail (south of SR-14) and the full length of Raptor Trail in the Coyote Wall area are closed from February 1 to July 15 to protect nesting peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and other sensitive wildlife and natural resources. Please do your part to protect wildlife and avoid these areas accordingly. More details are available in the closure notices:
Eagle Creek Day Use Area, Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440), Metlako Falls - Waterfall, Metlako Falls Spur Trail (#440A)
Date(s): Jan 3, 2017
The Metlako Falls Spur Trail and Overlook, located on Eagle Creek Trail near MP 1.5, is closed until further notice. The overlook itself collapsed in late December and the landslipe created a hazardous, exposed dropoff. The nearby ground is unstable so the public is advised to stay clear of the entire spur trail for their safety.
An engineering geologist will examine the site in late spring 2017 to provide a technical assessment, which is necessary before we can begin planning whether there will be a permanent closure or possible rebuild.
Those considering an overnight stay at Wyeth Campground during 2017 should be aware that they may experience noise, dust, or other impacts of nearby daytime construction work planned for the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
The project will connect Wyeth Campground to the existing Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail that runs east to Viento State Park. Once the Wyeth to Lindsey Creek 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.
In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience the project may cause and appreciate your cooperation!
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.
The lower section of the Cape Horn Trail is closed to protect Peregrine Falcon breeding from Febuary 1 to July 15. This measure helps ensure ongoing survival of this valuable, keystone species, and is not expected to change in the near future due to state reclassification of the species listing. Please click here for the closure order and map.