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Favorite Gorge Trail Closed? Here Are Our Favorite Alternative Hiking Options

09/21/2017 | Biking, Hiking, Recreation

Due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, many areas of our favorite Columbia River Gorge trails remain closed to protect public safety. However, our region is full of other outdoor recreation options for visitors and our communities are open for business. Don't miss out on all that the this recreation area has to offer in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.  Here are some of our favorite recreational trails to consider while the recovery effort on the Eagle Creek Fire continues: 

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: (More information on fire closures and restrictions on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area)

Sandy River Delta

Latourell Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Starvation Creek Trailhead

Dry Creek Falls

Mt. Hood National Forest: (More information on Mt. Hood National Forest recreation opportunities)

Highway 35 Trail Opportunities

Dog River Trail

Lookout Mountain Trail

Eightmile Loop Trail

Surveyors Ridge Trail

Fifteenmile Trail

Knebel Springs Trail 

Cooks Meadow Trail

Umbrella Falls Trail

Elk Meadows Trail

Sahalie Falls Trail


Highway 26 Trail Opportunities

Crosstown Trail

Camp Creek Loop

Enid Lake

Twin Lakes

Frog Lake 

Boulder Ridge Trail

Old Salmon River Trail 

Salmon Butte Trail

Little Zigzag Falls

Pioneer Bridle


Timothy Lake Area and Trail

Miller Trail

Pacific Crest Trail


Highway 224 Trail Opportunities

Clackamas River Trail 

Alder Flat Trail

Riverside Trail

Other Oregon State Parks and Trail systems:

Wildwood Recreation Site (BLM) 

Sandy Ridge Mountain Bike Trails (BLM)

Oxbow Regional Park

Memaloose State Park

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site

Government Island State Recreation Area

Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area

Milo McIver State Park

Mosier Plateau

Be Safe and Know Before You Go!

Visitors are encouraged to check online and with local officials for trail conditions, check weather forecasts, carry the 10 essentials, tell someone your plans, be comfortable with your own physical capabilities, and be willing to turn around as conditions change. Fall is hunting season is underway in the national forests. Visitors are urged to wear bright colors and follow outdoor safety tips here.


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