Recreation

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the Cape Horn Overlook

From watersports to wonderful vistas, the Columbia River Gorge provides just about every type of outdoor recreation you can imagine. Find maps and current conditions on this page, or explore what we have to offer by reviewing our sites below. 

Know Before You Go:

Ready Set Gorge! map 

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ClosuresEagle Creek Fire Area Closure is in effect. See a list of CLOSED recreation areas.

Where can I go? View OPEN recreation sites within the Gorge and nearby areas. 

Learn about Accessible Adventures in the Gorge.

Get tips to tread lightly, follow trail etiquette, and Recreate with Respect.

Interactive Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Angel's Rest Trail (#415) Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
BZ Launch Site & Trail (#4413) Open to Visitor Trail is extremely wet and muddy in places 4/6/18 Check current flows on USGS streamgage at Underwood but note its river stage does not directly correlate to the gauge at Husum.
Balfour-Klickitat Area & Trail (#4414) Open to Visitor Trail is clear of debris 4/6/18
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor Seasonal Peregrine Falcon closure is in effect, February 1 to July 15. Cape Horn Seasonal Closure
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Open to Visitor Seasonal Peregrine Falcon closure is in effect until July 15. 
Catherine Creek Open to Visitor Dogs must be on leash in the Catherine Creek trail corridor year round. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays.
Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail (#4400) Open to Visitor Open. Keep dogs on leash. Portable toilet on site mid March-mid June only.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Open to Visitor Explore compelling live raptor exhibits and interactive displays of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Coyote Wall Open to Visitor Dogs must be on leash from December 1- June 30. Consider carpooling or visiting Coyote Wall during non-peak periods. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays.
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor Open (day use)
Dog Mountain Open to Visitor Information about the new permit system and Skamania County shuttle service can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/crgnsa/hikedogmountain. Parking is not permitted on SR 14, consider carpooling or visiting Dog Mountain during non-peak periods. Expect congestion on weekends and holidays.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed due to post-fire hazards until further notice. Estimated to open summer 2018. Alert: Please note this campground will not have flush toilets or potable water during the 2018 season and possibly the 2019 season.
Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440) Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Gorge 400 Trail Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
HCRH (US 30) - Waterfall Corridor Closed to Visitor OPEN: from Troutdale east to Bridal Veil. CLOSED: from Bridal Veil east to Hood River until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
HCRH State Trail - Bonneville segment Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
HCRH State Trail - Mitchell Point segment Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to root rot creating hazard trees. No parking in campground. A vegetation management plan is being developed to address future plans for the site.
Herman Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire
Klickitat Trail Open to Visitor Trail clear of logs 4/6/18
Klickitat Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Please bring life jackets for everyone on your boat. Follow all Washington fishing regulations.
Larch Mountain Closed to Visitor Larch Mountain Road has been closed by Multnomah County at Milepost 6 up to the Larch Mountain day use area and trailhead at MP 14.5. The winter closure is being extended indefinitely due to post-fire hazards so the area is closed to cars, bikes, and pedestrians until further notice.
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness: Columbia Gorge Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
Metlako Falls Spur Trail (#440A) Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to landslide that destroyed the viewpoint. Ground is unstable; please stay clear.
Mount Defiance Trail (#413) Open to Visitor Open as of 5/18/2018. We highly recommend heading out before 10 am or mid-week. Park only when there's room and it's safe to do so. Newly reopened trails may have increased hazards. Some adjacent trails remain closed. Violators that enter closed areas are subject to citations and fines.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor Lodge, front plaza and lower viewing platform are open, accessible only via I-84 lot. Trails, Benson Bridge, and upper viewing platform all remain closed until Eagle Creek Fire damage is repaired. Please remain in designated safe area; legal closure is in effect in surrounding areas to protect public safety.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open to Visitor Lodge restaurant, gift shop, information center and lower viewing platform open 9-5 daily. Only accessible via I-84 lot. Please remain in designated area for safety reasons.
Nesmith Point Trail (#428) Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
Oneonta Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire. 
Pacific Crest Trail #2000 - Washington Open to Visitor Open north of Bridge of the Gods. Please visit the Pacific Crest Trail website for updates.
Raptor Trail (#4421) Closed to Visitor Seasonally closed from February 1 to July 15 to protect nesting peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and other sensitive wildlife and natural resources.
River Front Trail (#4406) Open to Visitor Easy graded paved trail is fun for bikes, wagons, strollers. Great views of the eastern gorge.
Sams Walker Day Use Area & Trail (#4402) Open to Visitor Trail clear of logs 4/6/18
Sandy River Delta Open to Visitor Trails are open, dogs must be leashed on the Confluence Trail. Gates close at night and open at 6 AM. Please park only in designated spots, leaving trailer parking places available for trailers.
Skamania Lodge Information Center Open to Visitor Great stop for local Forest Service information.
St. Cloud Day Use Area & Trail (#4410) Open to Visitor Trail clear of logs 4/6/18
Starvation Ridge Trail (#414) Open to Visitor Open as of 5/18/2018. We highly recommend heading out before 10 am or mid-week. Park only when there's room and it's safe to do so. Newly reopened trails may have increased hazards. Some adjacent trails remain closed. Violators that enter closed areas are subject to citations and fines.
Wahkeena Falls Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
White Salmon Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Husum Falls is a Class V waterfall requiring a lot of experience or a guide to pass, and hydraulics change each year.  Portage available at Huseum Boating Site. Wear Class III or V life jacket. 
Wyeth Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season. Wyeth Trail is closed.