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Up-to-date trail closures are listed below. Is your favorite Gorge trail closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek fire? View a list of trails and recreation areas in and around the Gorge unaffected by the fire and open for exploring.
 
  • Aug 26, 2019 - Wahclella Falls Loop: The main part of the trail has been cleared and stabilized, and you can access Wahclella Falls with a 2.4 mile out-and-back hike using the lower section of the loop. The upper section of the trail’s loop remains closed due to a damaged bridge and washouts sustained during and after the fire. For your safety, respect closure signs and stay out of closed areas.
  • Jul 2, 2019 - North Lake: As of summer 2019, the Wyeth trailhead is closed and there is no legal way to get to North Lake from the Wyeth Campground. This is due to transmission tower and access road/trail maintenance conducted by Bonneville Power Administration and their contractors. During the closure, please observe and respect the closure signs and gates.
  • Dec 14, 2018 - Angel's Rest: This trail was impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017. The Forest Service has reopened the trail, but warns hikers to enter at their own risk because of hazardous conditions, including loose rocks, falling trees and limbs, debris flows, and damaged or blocked trails. Less experienced hikers should consider an alternative to this hike while these conditions exist, and all hikers with dogs or small children should consider safer alternatives.
  • Dec 14, 2018 - Angel's to Devil's Rest Loop: ‚ÄčThis trail was impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017. The Forest Service has reopened the trail, but warns hikers to enter at their own risk because of hazardous conditions, including loose rocks, falling trees and limbs, debris flows, and damaged or blocked trails. Less experienced hikers should consider an alternative to this hike while these conditions exist, and all hikers with dogs or small children should consider safer alternatives.
  • Nov 26, 2018 - Horsetail, Ponytail & Triple Falls: Trail is open only to Ponytail Falls. Past the falls, the trail is closed because of damage from the 2017 Eagle Creek fire.
  • Nov 26, 2018 - Toothrock: Partial opening: Parking here and the paved Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is open. Gorge trail #400 is closed.
  • Oct 1, 2018 - Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Gibbons Creek: The northeast section of the loop is closed for winter habitat October 1 - April 30 each year. During those months you can do an out-and-back walk instead of a loop.

    The Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail (includes public access to the parking lot and restrooms) will be closed weekdays from the main Steigerwald Lake Refuge entrance off WA State Route 14 between September 3, 2019 - and October 15, 2019. The Trailhead will re-open on the weekends for public access. Check out www.Refuge2020.info to learn more about temporary closures and the reconnection project.


     
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Bell Creek Loop: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening.
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Eagle Creek to High Bridge: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Elowah Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Green Point Ridge: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no estimated reopening date due to heavy damage sustained after the fire. Wyeth trailhead and a short segment of the Wyeth trail that connects to Gorge #400 are open. The remainder of Wyeth #411 is closed to the junction with Green Point Ridge Trail (#418) on Mt. Hood.
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Horsetail Falls Loop: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Mount Defiance: Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail (#414B) is closed due to a washout on the trail. View map.
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Nesmith Point: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Oneonta Gorge to Lower Oneonta Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Shepperds Dell Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Starvation Creek Ridge Loop: The Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail (#414B) is closed due to a complete trail washout and rock slide. Do not attempt to get anywhere near the marked slide barrier or navigate around the slide area. View map of closure.
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Starvation Creek to Warren Lake: The Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail (#414B) is closed due to a complete trail washout and rock slide. Do not attempt to get anywhere near the marked slide barrier or navigate around the slide area. View map of closure.
  • Jul 12, 2018 - 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 nearly doubles the mileage. Learn more.
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Tanner Butte: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Tanner Ridge to Dublin Lake: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Triple Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 12, 2018 - Upper McCord Creek Falls: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
  • Jul 10, 2018 - Cape Horn Loop: The 1.5-mile road section of this loop hike is on a county road. Please walk single-file and be aware of vehicle as there are blind corners. Walk on the side of the road as you normally would; remember this section is not a trail even though it’s part of the hike. Also, please be mindful of local residents and park in designated parking areas. If you park along Cape Horn Road, make sure not to do it in front of a gate, driveway, or private entrance.

    From Feb. 1-July 2, 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.

    This is not a dog-friendly trail because of steep cliffs. Two dogs have died here recently so please keep your dog at home. 
  • Nov 15, 2017 - Wauna Point: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening. 
     
  • Oct 16, 2017 - Silver Star Mountain - Ed's Trail Loop: The Forest Service roads up to Ed's Trailhead are in very poor condition this year; much worse than in year's past. You will encounter potholes, boulders, stream channels, and washboarding.