More Columbia River Gorge trails reopen
Three trails accessible from Starvation Creek State Park and several short trails leading to lakes in the Mt. Hood National Forest reopened Friday, May 18.
The trails were closed because of damage from the Eagle Creek Fire last fall.
The reopened segment of the paved Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail traverses past four waterfalls, and is the entry point for rugged Starvation Ridge Trail and Mt. Defiance Trail. Starvation Creek State Park is accessible only to eastbound traffic exit 55, and parking is limited to 29 spots, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.
Several short trails leading to Wahtum, Black, Bear, North, Rainy, and Warren lakes in the Mt. Hood National Forest also reopened, along with the lakes themselves. These trails are accessible from Forest Road 2820 or Forest Road 1310.
All newly reopened trails are located on the eastern edge of the Eagle Creek Fire perimeter, and may have increased hazards. Violators who enter closed areas are subject to citations and fines.
Closures remain in effect for the Historic Columbia River Highway from Bridal Veil to Ainsworth. Most National Forest System lands affected by the Eagle Creek Fire remain closed. For a full list of Eagle Creek Fire closures and more details, visit bit.ly/eaglecreekfireresponse.