Trail Alerts

  • Wahclella Falls Loop: Wahclella Falls Trail is closed until further notice. Crews are currently working to remove a large root wad blocking the trail, and saturated soils and ongoing slides have created unstable conditions, which is causing delays. 
  • Dog Mountain Loop: From April 15 - June 18, take the shuttle bus to Dog Mountain Trailhead from Skamania County Fairgrounds. This shuttle bus operates only on Saturday & Sundays running every 15-20 minutes for $2 round trip. Historically the parking lot is full by 10 a.m. and it is illegal and unsafe to park on Hwy 14. The balsamroot blooms are expected to be later than usual this year; possibly as late as mid-June. Read press release.
  • Multnomah - Wahkeena Falls Loop: Take caution: Hazardous winter conditions make this trail unsafe. Snow and ice still cover a good portion of the trail.
  • Elowah Falls: Access to Elowah Falls is temporarily closed due to a complete washout of the trail right after it splits to Upper McCord Creek. The trails to Upper McCord Falls and Nesmith Point are open for use.
  • Table Mountain - Heartbreak Ridge Loop: This trailhead is no longer accessible. The alternate route to Heartbreak Ridge is by using the Bonneville Trailhead. Please note this doubles the mileage. Learn more and spread the word.
  • Cape Horn Loop: From Feb. 1-July 15, the lower section of the Cape Horn trail has a seasonal closure for nesting peregrine falcons. The closed section is located between a point about a half-mile southwest of the west pedestrian underpass/tunnel at SR-14 and the bottom of Cape Horn Rd. Failure to respect the closure can result in as much as a $5,000 fine, and future use of the trail is dependent on hikers respecting this closure.
  • Larch Mountain Crater Loop: 11/23/16: Seasonal closure - the upper section of Larch Mountain Road will close for the winter season. Every autumn the county closes upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near mile post 10. The closure protects the traveling public from adverse weather conditions and reduces maintenance costs associated with snow removal. The gate is opened each spring.  
  • Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Gibbons Creek: 10/1/16: Seasonal trail closure - the northern (eastern) portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail is closed October 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017. The trail will reopen on May 1, 2017.
  • Tom McCall Nature Preserve: 11/1/16: Seasonal trail closure - this trail is now closed and will reopen on May 1, 2017.

    The McCall Point trail, leading south from the Rowena overlook,is seasonally closed due the erodible nature of the ash-based soils which comprise the trail tread on much of the trail. The wet conditions often encountered in winter and spring result in saturated soils and when combined with human foot traffic result in severe damage to the trail tread. Hikers using the trail when the tread is saturated create ruts (or secondary trails) which, over time, funnel water down the trail rather than allowing it to drain across the trail, thus increasing erosion.