Columbia River Gorge after the wildfire

See what has reopened since the Eagle Creek Fire and find ways to help the area recover.

Gorge_ODOTSeveral parks have reopened to hikers in the Columbia River Gorge since the fire began.

Though many recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge remain closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire, several trails and state parks have officially reopened and businesses in the area are welcoming visitors.

Oregon Department of Transportation

There are few places in the Pacific Northwest more cherished than the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and when the Eagle Creek Fire broke out here in September 2017, first responders and nature-lovers sprang into action.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire spread across 48,831 (19,761 hectares) of land before it was fully contained in November 2017. Because the burned area is at increased risk of landslides, downed vegetation and rockfall, most trails remain closed to protect public safety.

Hikers, don’t lose hope! Several recreation areas in the Columbia River Gorge have officially reopened to the public, including Rooster Rock State Park, Bridal Veil Falls and the Bridge of the Gods, among others. To check the status of which recreation sites are open or closed, visit the National Scenic Area’s website.

What’s open

As of April 25, 2018:

  • Multnomah Falls – lower viewing platform, lodge and visitor center. (Trails, Benson Bridge and the upper viewing platform remain closed.)
  • Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Crown Point State Scenic Corridor (Vista House)
  • Historic Columbia River Highway – for 6 miles (9.7 km), from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil only
  • Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
  • Rooster Rock State Park
  • Guy W. Talbot State Park
  • Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Dabney State Park
  • Lewis & Clark State Park
  • All Hood River County parks

What’s closed

As of April 25, 2018:

Visiting the Gorge

Despite the damage caused by the Eagle Creek fire, the Columbia River Gorge is still a striking, must-see destination. To minimize your impact while maximizing your enjoyment of the gorge, we encourage you to take a guided tour or consider a car-free trip.

Ways to help

Officials are already working to rebuild and repair trails, bridges and signs, and have said little or no human intervention is needed to aid the forest’s natural regeneration process — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to help.
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Be There for the Gorge

A crowdfunding campaign hosted by Oregon’s Kitchen Table aims to restore public access to one of Oregon’s most iconic places: Multnomah Falls. The campaign’s goal is to raise $525,000 for reconstruction of nearly 10 miles of trail surrounding the trail to the 620-foot waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, one of the state’s most beloved natural attractions, damaged in last fall’s devastating Gorge forest fire. Learn more and contribute.

Shop for the cause

The fire forced many businesses in the Columbia River Gorge to close for several weeks during what is typically their busiest time of the year. They have since reopened for business and could use support as they recover economically. See a list of businesses in Cascade Locks, and a guide to where to shop in Hood River.

For online shoppers, all of the proceeds of MapleXO’s $10 Support the Gorge pin will be donated to wildfire relief efforts. The Oregon state-shaped pins come in black and white or multicolored, and have a tree-shaped cutout in the center. Fun fact: The pins (and all MapleXO accessories) are made from recycled skateboards.

Donate to local nonprofits

When donating to the American Red Cross online, you can designate your donation to the “Local Red Cross.” You can also donate by phone using the dedicated line for Oregon wildfires: 503.528.5634.

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge offers an FAQ with ways to help, including joining the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to preserving the Columbia River Gorge.


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