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:

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Check the status of hiking trails impacted by the fire with this Eagle Creek Fire closure map and list.

Get tips on how to tread lightly, follow trail etiquette, be safe, and Recreate with Respect.

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This Ready Set Gorge! map is helpful for planning your visit. Don't forget to check the weather at Portland/West Gorge Forecast or Hood River/East Gorge Forecast.

 

Interactive Recreation Map

Click, drag, zoom, and explore to find icons that help you plan your adventures!

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Angel's Rest Trail (#415) Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
BZ Launch Site & Trail (#4413) Open to Visitor New trail complete! 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 Expect snow and ice. Over-wintering bald eagles from may be viewed in this area during the winter months.
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice.
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor Open, watch for ice.
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Closed to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Annual peregrine falcon closure is in effect for lower portion of trail February 1 to July 15.
Catherine Creek Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Dogs must be on leash in the Catherine Creek trail corridor year round.
Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail (#4400) Open to Visitor Watch for ice. 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 Expect snow and ice. Dogs must be on leash from December 1- June 30. Consider carpooling or visiting Coyote Wall during non-peak periods.
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice.
Dog Mountain Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Parking not permitted on SR 14, carpool or visit mid-week.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until May 2019.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Closed to Visitor ALERT: Exit 41 on I-84 is closed due to landslide. *Eagle Creek Trail is still closed for public safety due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season until May 2019. Reserve sites at recreation.gov.
Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440) Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Gorge 400 Trail Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Wyeth to Herman Creek (Cascade Locks) open, expect debris on trail. Wyeth trail is still closed.
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice, logs may be on trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
HCRH (US 30) - Waterfall Corridor Open to Visitor Open except during inclement weather. See tripcheck.com for up-to-date status.
HCRH State Trail - Cascade Locks to John Yeon Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Open from John B. Yeon State Park to Cascade Locks, OR. Note that only the paved trail is open -- several area hiking trails remain closed. 
HCRH State Trail - Lindsey Creek to Viento Open to Visitor
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 Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Use traction devices on footwear. Only open to Ponytail Falls. Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Klickitat Trail Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice.
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 Expect snow and ice. Closed to car access at the snow gate at MP 10. Biking and walking now allowed on the road. Pack essential gear, use proper navigation tools and take winter weather precautions.
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness: Columbia Gorge    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) Closed to Visitor ALERT: Due to a recent diesel spill along I-84 OPRD has closed Starvation Creek Trailhead, which means the public cannot access Mt. Defiance or Starvation Ridge trails. Link to ORPD website: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=122 Expect snow, ice and rugged conditions. Not cleared since 2016. Use traction devices on footwear. Respect closure signs and remain only on open trails.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor Open, expect snow and ice. Traction devices recommended on footwear for anyone hiking. Lodge may close during inclement weather.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open to Visitor Open 9-5 daily except during inclement weather.
Nesmith Point Trail (#428) Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Nick Eaton Trail (#447) Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Trail difficult to navigate beyond Gorton Creek trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Oneonta Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000) Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. 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 Expect snow and ice.
Sams Walker Day Use Area & Trail (#4402) Open to Visitor Trail clear of logs. Thanks to Washington Trails Association for recent improvements.
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 Open
Starvation Ridge Trail (#414) Closed to Visitor ALERT: Due to a recent diesel spill along I-84 OPRD has closed Starvation Creek Trailhead, which means the public cannot access Mt. Defiance or Starvation Ridge trails. Link to ORPD website: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=122 Expect snow, ice and rugged conditions. Not cleared since 2016. Only accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413 as the cutoff trail is closed.
Wahkeena Falls Open to Visitor Expect snow and ice. Use traction devices on footwear. Due to post-fire hazards, avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the season - will open spring of 2019.


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