Eagle Creek Fire Trail Assessments

Below are the original trail assessments for all the U.S. Forest Service trails impacted by the fire. These are kept here for reference but do not reflect current status. Visit our Recreation page for the latest status, maps, and list of closed trails and sites. 

When will the rest of the trails reopen?

Overall, about 70% of trails impacted by Eagle Creek Fire have now reopened. About 122 miles of National Forest System trails were impacted by Eagle Creek Fire, and about 83 miles of those trail miles reopened by late 2017. Of the areas managed by Oregon State Parks, 31 of the 34 parks that were closed in 2017 have reopened, and 26 out of 30 miles of trails have reopened. 

Most remaining trails are located between Multnomah Falls and Cascade Locks, within the most severely burned area of the fire. Many of these have no set timeframe for reopening, due to instability in the landscape. As of June 2019, we are considering how to reopen the Gorge 400 trail segments between Eagle Creek and the town of Cascade Locks as well as the segment between Ainsworth and Horsetail Falls, but no dates have been projected yet. We are also working with partners on repairs to the closed Eagle Creek Trail, and engineers have begun work on designing bridges. We do not expect to open Eagle Creek Trail in the summer of 2019. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates.

No decisions have been made yet to redesign or reroute any trails. Any proposals to redesign, reroute, or decommission trails will include public comment opportunities as part of the decision process. Learn how we are engaging our partners to build a shared understnding about long-term trail sustainability in the Gorge through Sustainable Trails Co-Visioning.  

We will also be engaging the public in a more general review of recreation land use zoning and regulations within the Columbia River Gorge as part of the Gorge 2020 Management Plan Review.