Recreation

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the Cape Horn Overlook

The 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 or closed when you arrive. 

Please visit ReadySetGorge interagency website to plan your trip. View an interagency map of recreation sites in the gorge.

Find maps and current conditions and explore specific Forest Service recreation sites listed below the interactive map on this page. 

Know before you go: Risks are higher in areas where fire has recently burned. Read our safety tips for burned areas

Need a pass? Buy a digital recreation pass for Forest Service fee sites.

Interactive Recreation Map of Forest Service sites

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Angel's Rest Trail (#415) Open to Visitor
BZ Launch Site & Trail (#4413) Open to Visitor Please only travel in rafts with members of your household and practice social distancing.
Balfour-Klickitat Area & Trail (#4414) Open to Visitor
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Open to Visitor Upper trail open but lower trail is seasonally closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting habitat.
Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail (#4400) Open to Visitor
Catherine Creek Loop Open to Visitor
Catherine Creek Recreation Area Open to Visitor Please stay on official trails to protect native wildflowers. Report any illegal trail building to 541-308-1700.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Open to Visitor The Discovery Center is open on weekends ONLY with a modified schedule. Please call for more information 541-296-8600.
Coyote Wall Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor
Dog Mountain Open to Visitor
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Not yet reopened for 2020 season. No potable water will be available for 2020 season. Future reservation of campsites can be made at recreation.gov. Note several area trails are still closed.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to crowds that exceed health authority recommendations.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Closed to Visitor Not yet reopened for 2020 season. No potable water will be available for 2020 season. Future reservation of campsites can be made at recreation.gov.
Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440) Closed to Visitor Closed due to unstable conditions from a 2017 fire. Closed due to unstable landscape from a 2017 wildfire. Violators can be cited and fined.
Gorge 400 Trail Open to Visitor Open from Cascade Locks to Wyeth
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open to Visitor
HCRH (US 30) - Waterfall Corridor Open to Visitor Parking Lot directly across from Multnomah Falls Lodge, will remain closed. There is No Parking/Stopping or Dropping-Off visitors on the Historic Columbia River Highway. To visit Multnomah Falls, visitors must use the I-84 Parking Lot.
HCRH State Trail - Cascade Locks to John Yeon Open to Visitor
HCRH State Trail - Wyeth to Viento Open to Visitor
Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Closed due to root rot creating hazard trees. No parking in campground. Vegetation management is planned to remove hazards in the future.
Herman Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor 07/28/2020: Herman Creek Trailhead will be temporarily closed to all members of the public for a few months beginning July 28th to address public safety concerns while crews work on removing hazardous trees within the Herman Creek Horse Camp which has been closed for laminated root rot.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Open to Visitor Horsetail Falls picnic area is open. Trail is open to pony falls only.
Husum Boating Site Open to Visitor Please only travel in rafts with members of your household and practice social distancing.
Klickitat Trail Open to Visitor Open for day use
Klickitat Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor
Larch Mountain Open to Visitor Larch Mountain Trail closed between the #420 trail intersection and Multnomah Falls Lodge.
Lyle Trailhead Open to Visitor Open for day use
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness: Columbia Gorge    09/09/2020: Temporarily closed due to fire danger. When 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 to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to landslide that destroyed the viewpoint.
Mount Defiance Trail (#413) Open to Visitor Expect rugged conditions, not cleared since 2016.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor 08/27/2020:  Access to Multnomah Falls & Historic Lodge is available by reservation only through recreation.gov or by Columbia Gorge Express bus. Same-day and on-site tickets are available. Timed reservation tickets provide visitors access to the parking area via the Interstate 84 parking lot at exit 31, but does not guarantee a parking space at the time of arrival.  Every visitor must have a ticket, including infants, and 6 tickets are allowed per transaction. Only the lower viewing platform is open at the falls, the trail to Benson Bridge and up to the top of the falls is closed. Learn facts about how you can visit the falls and view a map.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open to Visitor 08/27/2020:  Access to Multnomah Falls & Historic Lodge is available by reservation only through recreation.gov or by Columbia Gorge Express bus. Same-day and on-site tickets are available. Timed reservation tickets provide visitors access to the parking area via the Interstate 84 parking lot at exit 31, but does not guarantee a parking space at the time of arrival. Every visitor must have a ticket, including infants, and 6 tickets are allowed per transaction. Only the lower viewing platform is open at the falls, the trail to Benson Bridge and up to the top of the falls is closed. Learn facts about how you can visit the falls and view a map.
Nesmith Point Trail (#428) Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to trail damaged from a 2017 fire.
Nick Eaton Trail (#447) Open to Visitor Avoid during high winds and heavy rains due to tree fall and landslide hazards.
Northwestern Park    Access and water levels are still subject to change as the river adjust to the dam removal.
Oneonta Trail (#424) Closed to Visitor Closed from Oneonta Trailhead to Multnomah Creek Way Trail (#444). Short section near Larch Mountain open for a loop hike. Please respect closure signs. Violators are subject to fines.
Oneonta Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to hazards and unstable conditions from a 2017 fire.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000) Open to Visitor
River Front Trail (#4406) Open to Visitor
Sams Walker Day Use Area & Trail (#4402) Open to Visitor
Sandy River Delta Open to Visitor Open for day use.
Skamania Lodge Information Center   
St. Cloud Day Use Area & Trail (#4410) Open to Visitor
Starvation Ridge Trail (#414) Open to Visitor Only accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413 as the old cutoff trail is now closed.
Wahclella Falls Trail (#436) Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to crowds that exceed health authority recommendations.
Wahkeena Falls Open to Visitor Visitors are allowed to park at Wahkeena Trailhead in designated parking spots. Wahkeena Day Use Area & parking remain closed. *Note: Parking or stopping at Multnomah Falls along the Historic Highway is prohibited.
White Salmon Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Please only travel in rafts with members of your household and practice social distancing.
Wyeth Campground Open to Visitor Open - Reservations can be made at recreation.gov. Note some area trails remain closed due to a 2017 fire. Wyeth Campground will close at the end of September.


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