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Available Gorge Hikes


From our partner Ready Set Gorge (readysetgorge.com): 

Increased visitation puts increased pressure on the Gorge’s limited resources.  If you’re planning a trip to our region, please help keep our communities safe by following CDC and local health guidelines and respecting the requests of individual businesses. Please plan before you go and always have a Plan B and Plan C in case your destination is too crowded or closed. Crowds lead to closures. When recreating on trails, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other hikers and bikers. Go here for additional safety precautions.

Keep in mind that increased visitation puts pressure on our region’s limited resources. If you can postpone your trip, please consider doing so.

Wonder which recreation sites are open? Click for Public Lands Recreation Site Status as of Sept. 21, 2021.

Plan Your Visit to the Columbia Gorge

With wildflower season upon us and spring break just ahead, state, federal and nonprofit groups are encouraging people to plan before venturing out to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Winter trail damage and COVID-19-related modifications, along with a closure of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth State Park, mean it is essential to prepare adequately when venturing out to the Gorge.

Curated by local land resource managers, tourism industry groups and outdoor enthusiasts, ReadySetGorge.com is a one-stop resource for planning an outdoor recreation trip to the National Scenic Area. It is an easy way to learn about hiking and biking trails, get up-to-date information about trail closures, and get better prepared.

ReadySetGorge.com, a collaboration between the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the U.S. Forest ServiceOregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon Tourism Commission (Travel Oregon), includes an interactive map of recreational trails, boat launches, picnic sites and more. Also included are packing lists and other helpful tips to help you prepare for your visit, such as suggestions for lesser-known but equally beautiful trails. You can also find ideas for giving back to the communities of the Gorge, which have been impacted by COVID-19.

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These Friends Staff-Recommended Trails Are Currently Open to the Public

Waterfalls

Family-friendly outings

Culture, history, and community connections

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