Starvation, Defiance, Mt. Hood lakes reopen after Eagle Creek Fire

Hood River, Ore. —May 18, 2018—Three trails accessible from Starvation Creek State
Park and several short trails leading to lakes in the Mt. Hood National Forest reopened
today for the first time since Eagle Creek Fire.
The newly reopened segment of the paved Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
segment passes by four waterfalls and is the entry point for rugged Starvation Ridge
Trail (#414) and Mt. Defiance Trail (#413). Starvation Creek State Park, accessible to
eastbound traffic only at exit 55, is limited to 29 parking spots, so visitors are
encouraged to head out early or go mid-week to find a spot. Park only when there’s
room and it’s safe to do so.
Several short trails leading to Wahtum, Black, Bear, North, Rainy, and Warren Lakes on
the Mt. Hood National Forest also reopened, along with the lakes themselves. These
trails are accessible from Forest Road 2820 or Forest Road 1310 in Mt. Hood National
Forest.
All the newly reopened trails are located on the eastern fringe of the Eagle Creek Fire
perimeter, and may have increased hazards and damage from the fire. Some adjacent
trails in the vicinity remain closed, because they lead into dangerous, heavily impacted
areas. Hikers are advised to respect closure signs and remain only on open trails.
Violators that enter closed areas are subject to citations and fines.
“It’s more important than ever to stay on the trail,” said Stan Hinatsu, recreation staff
officer for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, “Hikers should watch out for
fire-related hazards both overhead and underfoot. This includes fire-weakened trees,
and blockages on the trail such as downed trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes,
and washouts.”
The segment of the paved State Trail east of Lindsey Creek is closed due to
construction of the newest segment. Closures remain in effect for the Historic Columbia
River Highway from Bridal Veil to Ainsworth. Most National Forest System lands
impacted by Eagle Creek Fire remain closed—including the area south of I-84 up to the
southern boundary of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness, from 25 feet west of Mt.
Defiance Trail to Alex Barr Road and Thompson Mill Road. Please check the closure
map before heading out, and respect all closure signs and barriers.
In these newly opened areas and in any backcountry environment, hikers should wear
sturdy footwear and bring sufficient supplies to survive overnight (food, water,
headlamps, extra clothing and shelter). For more tips on safe recreation and ideas for
more hiking and biking destinations in the Columbia River Gorge, visit
ReadySetGorge.com.
For a full list of Eagle Creek Fire closures and more details about response efforts, visit
bit.ly/eaglecreekfireresponse.