Majority Of Gorge Public Lands Still Closed

The vast majority of hiking trails, waterfalls, and parks in the Columbia River Gorge remain closed due to concerns about sites drawing crowds too large to comply with current health authority guidelines.  According to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, conversations are underway among federal, state, local, and tribal governments about aligning with state and local orders and keeping each other informed of their frameworks for phasing in access to public lands and waterways.  All National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area remain closed to public access.  Oregon State Parks trails, parks, boat ramps, and campgrounds remain closed within the Gorge, including all sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.  Washington State Parks sites remain closed except for fishing access available at Maryhill State Park and Horsethief Lake.  The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed from Bridal Veil to Ainsworth, with a daytime closure from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the section from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil.  And Friends of the Columbia Gorge hiking trails remain closed.  The Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Hood National Forest still have closures in effect at developed recreation sites.

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