Columbia River Gorge, Ore. — January 14, 2021 – The Eagle Creek Recreation Area and the Eagle Creek Trail are closed until further notice in order to remove debris deposited from flooding and repair damage sustained following a rainstorm that took place earlier this week.
The Forest Service is partnering with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to remove large fallen trees, landslides and to address anticipated damages sustained on the Eagle Creek Trail. The cleanup will begin as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
The Columbia River Gorge has a complex history involving volcanic lava flows, ice-age floods, tectonic plate collisions, and other dynamic geologic phenomenon. The steep slopes and loss of vegetation from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire throughout the waterfall corridor make the area prone to landslides, rockfall, and debris flows from heavy rains. Hikers should use caution when entering burned areas.
To learn more about the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, go to: Eagle Creek Fire Story and Data.
You can go to TripCheck to see the current status of road conditions prior to traveling.
For the latest weather conditions in the west Gorge, go to: Portland Area Weather.