Two More Trails Reopen For First Time Since Eagle Creek Fire

Nesmith Point and Wyeth Trails reopened Thursday for the first time since the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.  Over 17 months, the Forest Service and partner crews dug through mudslides, cast aside rockslides and used crosscut saws to remove hundreds of burned and windfallen trees to re-establish these rugged wilderness trails.  The Nesmith Point Trail starts at the John B. Yeon State Park Trailhead and is a favorite early spring conditioning hike.  Starting in the Wyeth Campground, the Wyeth Trail enters Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and continues within the National Scenic Area for the first five miles before crossing the boundary into Mt. Hood National Forest.  Hikers should continue to avoid areas burned during Eagle Creek Fire during and immediately following high winds, heavy rains, and winter storms, as these conditions continue to trigger tree fall and debris slides.  Five trails remain closed until trail crews are able to rebuild or reroute the trails as well as remove hazards caused by the fire, which destabilized the landscape when it burned away the vegetation along steep slopes.  Visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area website to check the status of Forest Service hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge.

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