Pacific Crest Trail Reopens Through Columbia River Gorge

The Pacific Crest Trail through Columbia River Gorge has reopened, along with some surrounding trails and day-use sites in Oregon and Washington.

The gorge closed in March because of COVID-19 precautions.

The US Forest Service said in an announcement on May 27 that in addition to the PCT it was reopening Balfour-Klickitat, Bonneville Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Catherine Creek Recreation Area, Herman Creek Trailhead, Larch Mountain Recreation Area, Lyle Trailhead and the Klickitat Trail, Sams Walker, and St. Cloud day use area.

Areas that reopened in Oregon and Washington state parks are listed here.

Most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitors centers that draw crowds remain closed.

The Forest Service said the reopenings are part of a phased resumption of access that will likely span several months.

“Decisions are made in the interest of protecting the health of the public as well as local communities and agency employees, and sites could be subject to closing again if crowded conditions are deemed unsafe. The public should expect fewer available trails, activities, and services through the summer,” the Forest Service said.

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