Wildfire & Travel Conditions
Is it safe for visitors to travel to Oregon?
Travel Oregon’s first priority is for the safety of all of our residents and visitors. Oregon is a large state and we are certainly welcoming visitors. For your safety, please consult official resources prior to undertaking travel plans to ensure access to your destination is safe and advisable.
Eagle Creek Fire
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, 2017, a wildfire erupted along the very popular Eagle Creek trail near Cascade Locks, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While the fire caused significant damage to many trails, the Columbia River Gorge is a resilient place and the communities will restore, rebuild and rejuvenate the Columbia River Gorge.
What trails remain closed?
Due to hazards from the Eagle Creek Fire, many areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety. Numerous trails between Wyeth and Troutdale in Oregon are closed because of Fire.
Trail closures can be found here:
What trails are currently open?
While some of your favorite Columbia River Gorge trails may be closed, there are still dozens of spectacular opportunities for new outdoor adventures.
Find trails that remain open here:
Is the Historic Columbia River Highway/Multnomah Falls open?
On Wednesday, Nov. 22 a six-mile stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway that runs between Larch Mountain Road and Bridal Veil reopened. The opening of the roadway from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil now provides access to local businesses and the post office, but restrictions remain on recreation.
The road has been closed since Sept. 4, two days after the start of the Eagle Creek Fire. While the eminent hazardous trees and rock fall dangers have been mitigated, travelers need to remember that the Gorge is chronically prone to slides and should continue to use caution and respect all closure points and private property boundaries.
Areas along the route are evaluated for hazards on a case-by-case basis. Visitors are reminded to respect private property rights and closures and be aware of the hazards that exist as winter sets in. Fire impacts have heightened these risks. No stopping or parking is allowed on the shoulders. Crews installed no parking signs in places along the highway and put up barricades to keep travelers from using recreation areas that remain closed.
Here is a look at what’s open and what’s closed in the six-mile stretch:
- Vista House is open. Winter operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
- Guy Talbot State Park is open. A short trail leads from the parking area to Latourell Falls.
- Bridal Veil State Park and trail is also open. Hikers should expect winter conditions at both locations.
- The Multnomah Falls Lodge and the Multnomah Falls parking area on I-84 are open, however, the viewing platform and trail remain closed.
- Angel’s Rest parking lot and trail are closed.
- Shepperd’s Dell Falls trail is closed.
- The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed between just east of Bridal Veil and Ainsworth with no timeline set for re-opening.
Are there any areas of the state travelers should avoid visiting, or alternative routes to consider when traveling across the state?
Please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website for current information on travel and safety conditions.
Before venturing out, check these resources for the most up-to-date information on current wildfire conditions:
Hood-Gorge.com — Information and resources about the region
Friends of the Gorge Travel Resources — FAQ about the Eagle Creek Fire and how you can help
Ready Set Gorge — Trip planning resource to help ensure a safe, sustainable and enjoyable time in the Gorge
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center — Interactive map depicting fire incidents
Oregon Department of Forestry — Current and historical Oregon wildfire information
TripCheck — Interactive map featuring current road conditions, closures and delays
Oregon Smoke Information — Blog reporting on Oregon smoke forecasts and air quality updates
Keep Oregon Green — Fire prevention tips
Red Cross — How to donate to relief efforts in Oregon