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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 Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail. 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 Trail cleared for 2018 season
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor Open
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Open to Visitor Open
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 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 May 2019.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 12/14/2018: Currently inaccessible due to a small debris slide at the exit. Eagle Creek Day Use area and Picnic site only are open. NOTE: Eagle Creek Trail is still closed for public safety due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Open 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 Wyeth to Herman Creek (Cascade Locks) open, expect debris on trail. Wyeth trail is still closed.
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open to Visitor Trail cleared in 2018 up to the Deadwood junction. Expect logs on this trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
HCRH (US 30) - Waterfall Corridor Open to Visitor Open except during inclement weather. Check tripcheck.org for road status.
HCRH State Trail - Cascade Locks to John Yeon Open to Visitor 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 Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Open to Visitor 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 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 Closed to Visitor Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Metlako Falls Spur Trail (#440A) Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to landslide that destroyed the viewpoint.
Mount Defiance Trail (#413) Open to Visitor Trail has not yet been cleared, expect rugged conditions. Respect closure signs and remain only on open trails.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor Open, except 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 10/19/2018: Trail may be difficult to navigate beyond the junction with 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 PCT is open from Wahtum Lake to Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon side.Thanks to the hard work of PCTA volunteers, trail is clear of logs and debris from Moody Avenue south to Teakettle Springs. Please visit the Pacific Crest Trail website for updates.
Raptor Trail (#4421) Open 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 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 Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail #1414B, managed by Oregon State Parks, is closed due to a washout on the trail. Starvation Ridge Trail 414 is still accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413.
Wahkeena Falls Open to Visitor Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail. 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 Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season until mid-October.


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