Recreation


Looking east down the Gorge, you see the historic Crown Point perched on a cliff and endless trees

Discover an Area by Activity

Select an activity to find an area to visit.

Know before you go. Take a look at Current Conditions below the Recreation Map.

The Columbia River Gorge receives a high volume of visitors and popular sites can get crowded. Please consider a few "Plan B" options in case your first choice is too crowded when you arrive. Please visit ReadySetGorge interagency website to plan your trip. 

Interactive Recreation Map of Forest Service sites

 

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Angel's Rest Trail (#415) Open
BZ Launch Site & Trail (#4413) Open Boat launch, take-outs and trail are open for use. Please use winter stairs to access the river as the metal stairs have been raised for the season. One vault restroom open year-round.
Balfour-Klickitat Area & Trail (#4414) Open
Bonneville Trailhead Open
Bridge Of The Gods Trailhead Open 3/24/22: Restrooms are now open. A valid recreation pass is required for parking. 
Cape Horn Overlook Open
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Open 2/24/22: Upper trail OPEN but lower trail is seasonally closed (Feb 1 to Jul 15) to protect peregrine falcon nesting habitat.
Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail (#4400) Open
Catherine Creek Loop Open
Catherine Creek Recreation Area Open Please stay on official trails to protect native wildflowers. Report any illegal trail building to 541-308-1700.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Open 2/24/22: The Discovery Center is open daily 9am-5pm. Call for more information (541) 296-8600.
Coyote Wall Recreation Area Open Dogs must be on leash Dec 1 - June 30 to protect nesting birds. Alert: Heavy traffic on weekends and afternoons. Do not park in lanes of traffic. Violators subject to tow.
Devils Rest Trail (#420C) Open
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open
Dog Mountain Open Permits will be required on weekends, including Memorial Day, from April 23 - June 12, 2022.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed Closure of I-84 east Exit 41 to the Eagle Creek Recreation Area to begin April 21: Campground will open May 13, 2022. Reservations for 2022 can be made at Recreation.gov.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Open 3/17/22: Day Use Area now open. A valid recreation pass is required for parking. 
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Closed Closure of I-84 east Exit 41 to the Eagle Creek Recreation Area to begin April 21: Campground will open May 13, 2022. Reservations for 2022 can be made at Recreation.gov.
Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440) Open Closure of I-84 east Exit 41 to the Eagle Creek Recreation Area to begin April 213/17/22: Eagle Creek and Lower Punchbowl trail are now open.
Gorge 400 (MP 15 - 19.5) John Yeon to Wahclella Open
Gorge 400 Trail Open
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open
Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp Closed 9/30/21: Closed for site restoration.
Herman Creek Trail (#406) Open
Herman Creek Trailhead Open 2/24/22: A valid recreation pass is required for parking. 
Historic Columbia River Highway Open See tripcheck.com for up-to-date status. Alert: Heavy traffic on weekends and afternoons. Do not park in lanes of traffic. Violators subject to tow.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Open 2/22/22 Entire trail is now open.
Husum Boating Site Open
Klickitat Trail Open Open for day use only.
Klickitat Wild & Scenic River Open
Larch Mountain Closed 5/5/22: Larch Mountain Road is still closed for the season.
Larch Mountain Trail (#441) Open
Lower Punchbowl Trail (#440B) Open
Lyle Trailhead Open Flush toilets are CLOSED for the season. Porta potties are available.
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness: Columbia Gorge Open Parts of the wilderness are closed due to post-fire hazards. Plan your hike carefully, and check specific trails for status. Do not hike off trail and respect closure signs.
Metlako Falls Spur Trail (#440A) Closed Closed indefinitely due to landslide that destroyed the viewpoint.
Moffett Creek Trail (#430) Temporarily Closed Closed due to hazards and unstable conditions.
Mount Defiance Trail (#413) Open Expect rugged conditions, not cleared since 2016.
Multnomah Falls Open 5/5/22 Reservations required starting 5/24/22. Do not park in lanes of traffic. Violators subject to tow.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open
Nesmith Point Trail (#428) Closed Closed indefinitely due to trail damaged from the 2017 fire.
Nick Eaton Trail (#447) Open Avoid during high winds and heavy rains due to tree fall and landslide hazards.
Northwestern Park None Northwestern Park, owned and operated by PacifiCorp Power, provides public access to the White Salmon Wild and Scenic River with a boat ramp and picnic facilities.
Oneonta Trail (#424) Open 2/22/22 Oneonta Trail is open. Oneonta Gorge (which is separate from the trail) is closed until further notice.
Oneonta Trailhead Open 2/22/22 Limited parking. Do not park in lanes of traffic. Violators subject to tow.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000) Open
River Front Trail (#4406) Open
Sams Walker Day Use Area & Trail (#4402) Open
Sandy River Delta Open Open for day use. Must keep dogs on leash in parking lot and surrounding area as well as confluence trail. Do NOT park in trailer parking area (unless you have a horse trailer).
Skamania Lodge None
St. Cloud Day Use Area & Trail (#4410) Open
Starvation Ridge Trail (#414) Open Only accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413 as the old cutoff trail (414A) is now closed.
Wahclella Falls Trail (#436) Open Limited parking.
Wahkeena Falls Open Day use area, restroom & day use parking are closed for the season. Trail and parking on Hwy 30 are open. Do not park in lanes of traffic. Violators subject to tow.
White Salmon Wild & Scenic River Open
Wyeth Campground Open 5/5/22: Campground is now open. Reservations for 2022 can be made at Recreation.gov.

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