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 and explore specific 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

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This Ready Set Gorge! map is helpful for planning your visit.

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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 Open, but avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
BZ Launch Site & Trail (#4413) Open to Visitor Restrooms closed until May 1. Enjoy the new portage trail, and 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 Open.
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Closed to Visitor Annual peregrine falcon closure is in effect for lower portion of trail February 1 to July 15.
Catherine Creek Open to Visitor Wildflowers starting to bloom.
Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail (#4400) Open to Visitor Wildflowers starting to bloom. Portable toilet on site late March-mid June only.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Open to Visitor Spring wildflowers will start blooming soon.
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.
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor May have remnant ice.
Dog Mountain Open to Visitor Snow possible at higher elevations. Parking not permitted on SR 14, carpool or visit mid-week. Permits required weekends 4/20/2019 - 6/16/2019.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Opens May 1, 2019. Reserve sites at recreation.gov.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Open to Visitor Picnic area open but nearby trails closed due to unstable landscape from a 2017 wildfire. Violators can be cited and fined.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Closed to Visitor Opens May 1, 2019. Reserve sites 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 Most sections closed, except the segment from Wyeth to Herman Creek (Cascade Locks). Expect mud, possible ice, and debris on trail.
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open to Visitor Snow possible at higher elevations, 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 remnant ice patches. 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 due to root rot creating hazard trees. No parking in campground. Vegetation management is planned to remove hazards in the future.
Herman Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor Restroom closed, snow possible at higher elevations. Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Open to Visitor Expect mud and remnant 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 Open.
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 Still snow-covered. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains due to fire weakened trees and unstable slopes. 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) Open to Visitor Snow possible at higher elevations.Not cleared since 2016. Use traction devices on footwear. Respect closure signs and remain only on open trails.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor Open. 4/12/2019: Trail to Benson Bridge Open. Wahkeena-Multnomah loop is CLOSED until further notice due to rockfall. A portion of Wahkeena Trail is open from Wahkeena Trailhead to the junction with Devil's Rest Trail.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open to Visitor Open 9-5 daily. Open. 4/12/2019: Trail to Benson Bridge Open. Wahkeena-Multnomah loop is CLOSED until further notice due to rockfall. A portion of Wahkeena Trail is open from Wahkeena Trailhead to the junction with Devil's Rest Trail.
Nesmith Point Trail (#428) Closed to Visitor Closed due to hazards and unstable conditions.
Nick Eaton Trail (#447) Open to Visitor Snow possible at higher elevations. Trail difficult to navigate beyond Gorton Creek trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Oneonta Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to hazards and unstable conditions.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (#2000) Open to Visitor Snow still possible at higher elevations. 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 Open
Sams Walker Day Use Area & Trail (#4402) Open to Visitor Open
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) Open to Visitor Snow possible at higher elevations. Not cleared since 2016. Only accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413 as the cutoff trail is closed.
Wahkeena Falls Open to Visitor 4/12/2019: Wahkeena-Multnomah Trail loop is closed until further notice due to rockfall. A portion of Wahkeena Trail is open from Wahkeena Trailhead to the junction with Devil's Rest Trail.
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 Opens May 1, 2019. Reserve sites at recreation.gov.


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