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.
Winter storm and ice conditions may lead to Interstate 84 closures in the Gorge even when conditions in the Portland/Vancouver area are mild. Please monitor tripcheck.com for the latest highway closures and warnings in Oregon.
The county also closes Larch Mountain Road during the winter, preventing car access to our Larch Mountain day use area and trailhead. Check site conditions on our Recreation Conditions Report for updates on the Larch Mountain Road closure.
Eagle Creek Day Use and Picnic Area, Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail #440
Date(s): Jan 3, 2017
The overlook at Metlako Falls, located near MP 1.5 on Eagle Creek Trail, is closed until further notice. A landslipe has created a hazardous, exposed dropoff, and the public is advised to stay clear of the area for their safety.
The 1.2 mile trail from the lower viewing platform at Multnomah Falls to Benson Bridge is closed until further notice due to dangerously slick surfaces. This trail is part of Larch Mountain Trail #441, and its closure limits access to Multnomah Falls Overlook Spur Trail #441A.
The lower Multnomah Falls viewing platform is still open for day use. At this time, the Visitor's Center and Lodge are still open for normal hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Please be advised that both road and sidewalk conditions are slick throughout the Multnomah Falls Recreation Site and not all parts have been cleared.
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.
Tish Creek Bridge at milepost 2.0 of Eagle Creek Trail (just past Punchbowl Falls) is out of commission. Do not use the bridge as it is unsafe. We do not recommend fording the creek for safety reasons.
Engineers have determined that replacement of the bridge will require a helicopter. Due to the area being suitable spotted owl habitat, helicopter operations can only be conducted from October to March. The project has completed design phase and we hope to install the replacement bridge by the end of March, but it is still not clear whether we will be able to meet our targeted timeline.
In the meantime, Eagle Creek Trail is officially open on both sides of the Tish Creek Bridge, but we cannot recommend fording Tish Creek for safety reasons. Instead, plan your entry onto the trail based on your desired destination and length of hike. Learn more at Tish Creek Bridge FAQs.