New Year’s Day 2021 brings new life to three trails in the Columbia River Gorge that suffered damage from the Eagle Creek fire in 2017. After extensive repairs, they’re open to hiking again.
The entire Eagle Creek Trail, which was at the epicenter of the 49,000-acre fire, is now open from the trailhead near Cascade Locks, Oregon, to Wahtum Lake. The 13-mile trail passes a forested basalt cliff overlooking Eagle Creek and waterfalls.
The Wahkeena Falls Trail, just west of Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River Highway, is open again. This beautiful 242-foot tiered waterfall is a short walk from the highway, or you can extend your hike by accessing other trailheads nearby.
The Larch Mountain Trail between Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls has also reopened. The 6.8-mile trail connects the Larch Mountain Day Use Area to the Multnomah Falls Recreation Area. The trail winds through old-growth forests and passes several waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.
Recreation passes are required for the Eagle Creek and Larch Mountain trails. Prices range from $5 to $30, depending on the type of pass you buy. For more information or to buy a pass, go to the USDA’s Region 6 Recreation Passes & Permits page.