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 Boat launch, take-outs and trail are open for use. Please use winter stairs to access the river as the metal stairs have been raised for the season.
Balfour-Klickitat Area & Trail (#4414) Open to Visitor
Bonneville Trailhead Open to Visitor
Bridge Of The Gods Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/3/21 Restrooms are open. Northwest Forest Pass required.
Cape Horn Overlook Open to Visitor
Cape Horn Trail (#4418) Open to Visitor Upper trail OPEN but lower trail is seasonally closed (Feb 1 to July 15) 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 Dogs must be on leash Dec 1 - June 30 to protect nesting birds.
Devils Rest Trail (#420C) Open to Visitor
Dog Creek Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor
Dog Mountain Open to Visitor Permits required for each hiker on weekends & memorial Day during peak spring wildflower season April 24 to June 13, 2021.Visit fs.usda.gov/goto/crgnsa/hikedogmountain to learn about how to obtain a permit.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Due to a large landslide campground may not open until AFTER May 1. Any cancelled reservations for that time period, will be issued a full refund. Check recreation.govand back here for updates.Several area trails are still closed.
Eagle Creek Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Trail & Day Use area closed due to storm damage.
Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground Open to Visitor 5/3/21: Water will likely be available sometime during the camping season.  In the absence of running water, porta potties will be provided.  Hosts will be on site. Electricity is now on site but is limited to lighting in and around the building and a couple of 120 volt outlets in the restrooms.  There are no RV hookups but RV’s up to 40’ are permissible.  
Eagle Creek Trailhead & Trail (#440) Closed to Visitor Closed due to storm damage.
Gorge 400 (MP 15 - 19.5) John Yeon to Wahclella Open to Visitor
Gorge 400 Trail Open to Visitor
Gorton Creek Trail (#408) Open to Visitor
Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Closed for site restoration. Due to open May 2022.
Herman Creek Trail (#406) Open to Visitor 05/11/2021: Trailhead is now open. The campground is still closed.
Herman Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 05/11/2021: Trailhead is now open. The campground is still closed.
Historic Columbia River Highway Open to Visitor See tripcheck.com for up-to-date status.
Horsetail Falls & Trail (#438) Open to Visitor 5/3/2021: Open from the Horsetail Falls Trailhead to the junction of the Oneonta Trail #424.
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 Closed to Visitor 03/25/2021: Multnomah Road Department has closed Larch Mountain Road at the snow gate, MP 10, for the season. The road will open late May/early June depending on conditions. For updates please visit: https://multco.us/roads/larch-mountain-road.
Larch Mountain Trail (#441) Open to Visitor 5/3/2021: Expect snowy conditions at higher elevations. Now open from Multnomah Falls.
Lower Punch Bowl Trail (#440B) Closed to Visitor
Lyle Trailhead Open to Visitor Flush toilets are open for the season.
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness: Columbia Gorge Open to Visitor 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.
Moffett Creek Trail (#430) Closed to Visitor Closed due to hazards and unstable conditions.
Mount Defiance Trail (#413) Open to Visitor Expect rugged conditions, not cleared since 2016.
Multnomah Falls Open to Visitor 03/23/2021: Multnomah Falls is open. Access to the lodge is limited to restaurant, restrooms and the gift shop. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while enjoying your visit. The Visitor Center is closed for public safety at this time.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Open to Visitor 03/23/2021: Multnomah Falls is open. Access to the lodge is limited to restaurant, restrooms and the gift shop. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while enjoying your visit. The Visitor Center is closed for public safety at this time.
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    Northwestern Park, owned and operated by PacifiCorp Power, provides public access to the White Salmon Wild and Scenic River with a boat ramp and picnic facilities.
Oneonta Trail (#424) Open to Visitor 5/3/21 Oneonta Trail is open until the junction with Horsetail Falls trail. Triple Falls is inaccessible at this time.
Oneonta Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/3/21 Limited parking. Oneonta Trail is open until the junction with Horsetail Falls.
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   
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 (414A) is now closed.
Wahclella Falls Trail (#436) Open to Visitor
Wahkeena Falls Open to Visitor Visitors are allowed to park at Wahkeena Trailhead in designated parking spots. Wahkeena Day Use Area & parking remain closed.
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 5/3/2021: Now accepting 2021 reservations.


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