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County transportation reopens for the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017.

Multnomah County Transportation has reopened the upper section of Larch Mountain Road in the Columbia River Gorge for the first time since September 2017 the Eagle Creek Fire.PMG PHOTO: MATT DEBOW  - Wildflowers bloom alongside trails in the Columbia River Gorge during a spring afternoon.   6. A map of the Gorge. , Gresham Outlook - News Eagle Creek remains closed, but crews have restored 50% of Gorge paths since 2017 fire On the right track

Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County's jurisdiction, reaching an altitude of 4055 feet, according to a press release from Multnomah County. Each winter, the county closes public access to recreation areas off of Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near milepost 10. 

The upper section of the road was kept closed in 2018 due to trail and environmental damage caused by the Eagle Creek Fire.

The Eagle Creek Fire began after a 15-year-old Washington boy threw fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon, and the blaze eventually consumed more than 48,000 acres in the Gorge.

Opening the Larch Mountain Road recreational users typically happens in late spring. Reopening the gate provides vehicle access all the way to the view parking lot at milepost 14.5 and the walking trail to Sherrard Point. 

For more information on Multnomah County roads, visit Roads.


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