Favorite Gorge Trail Closed? Try these Nearby Options Instead!

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Due to the ongoing fire and continuing containment efforts from the Eagle Creek Fire, many areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety. However, visitors still have many outdoor recreation options nearby. Please consider the following recreation opportunities while fire suppression and recovery work continue on the Eagle Creek Fire.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Washington Side)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Oregon Side)

‚ÄčMore information on fire closures and restrictions on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.   

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Mount St. Helens Area

Stevenson/Carson/Wind River Road to 90 Road

Near Trout Lake (Be aware that Indian Heaven Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail remain under closure due to the East Crater Fire.)

Near Amboy

More information on Gifford Pinchot National Forest recreation opportunities.

Oregon State Parks

Washington State Parks

Oregon Partners, Friends and Neighbors

Washington Partners, Friends and Neighbors

Mt. Hood National Forest

Highway 35 Trail Opportunities

Highway 26 Trail Opportunities

Highway 224 Trail Opportunities

More information on Mt. Hood National Forest recreation opportunities.

Be Safe and Know Before You Go!

Some of these trails are categorized as “Difficult,” “Most Difficult,” or enter into designated Wilderness Areas. Visitors are encouraged to check online and with local officials for trail conditions, check weather forecasts, carry the 10 essentials, tell someone your plans, be comfortable with your own physical capabilities, and be willing to turn around as conditions change. Fall is hunting season is underway in the national forests. Visitors are urged to wear bright colors and follow outdoor safety tips here.

Driving through the forest is a bit different than traveling through a city or even along the roads within the National Scenic Area. Watch for and obey posted speed limits. Forest Service roads can be narrow, rocky, and are not meant for high speeds. Be careful braking on gravel roads. Allow more time and distance when coming to a stop. Beware of rocks, boulders, road washouts, downed trees and brush on the roadway. Use appropriate tires for the terrain and conditions you’ll be traveling. Remember to stay on authorized roads. 

Many of the trails and parks in the burned area will be closed until conditions can be deemed safe for visitors. Check the Alerts and Notices page for the latest closures. Luckily, the gorge offers many opportunities to recreate and experience the area. The Forest Service and Columbia River Gorge Commission, together with Oregon State Parks and Washington State Parks, compiled a list of alternative public trails and recreation sites. Friends of the Columbia Gorge also hosts a trails site with plenty of suggestions for a day in the Gorge, like the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop or the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail. The Dalles Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson are two more excellent options to experience National Scenic Area. Wherever you choose to visit in the Gorge, make sure you plan ahead with Ready, Set, Gorge!

Eagle Creek Restoration Fund

The National Forest Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, has created an opportunity for interested citizens to donate to public lands recovery efforts in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area stemming from the Eagle Creek Fire. Donations will be accepted to fund high-priority, post-fire recovery projects, including reopening hiking trails, restoring wildlife habitat, and planting new trees. The National Forest Foundation will work with the Forest Service to match funds and allocate donations to local partner organizations or local contractors. To donate or learn more about the Eagle Creek Fire Restoration Fund, visit www.nationalforests.org/get-involved/eagle-creek-fire-restoration-fund.

Fall Colors along River

For more information, contact:

Stephen Baker (Forest Service): 503-964-4291, stephenbaker@fs.fed.us                                       

Chris Havel (Oregon State Parks): 503-986-0722, chris.havel@oregon.gov

Virginia Painter (Washington State Parks): 360-902-8562, virginia.painter@parks.wa.gov