Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Due to the Eagle Creek Fire, most trails on the Oregon side of the Gorge are still closed. See this page for more information on closures. Most importantly, though, is supporting the restoration efforts, supporting our awesome Gorge towns, and showing our gratitude towards those who helped during the fire. See Eagle Creek Fire: What Now for more information.

Eagle Creek Fire
Trail runners watch the Oregon side of the gorge burn from the Washington side on Sunday, Sept. 4. © Jeff Fisher & Jennifer Love
Loowit Falls, Eagle Creek Trail
Loowit Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail © Jenni Denekas

Established in 1986 by President Reagan, the Columbia River Gorge was the nation’s first National Scenic Area. This unique designation protects not only some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes, but also supports small towns, farmland, and economic opportunities. I am a huge fan of finding common ground, and an arrangement like this that supports multiple, compatible land uses is awesome!

Learn more about the National Scenic Area and its implications for Oregon land use.

Environmental policy nerding aside, I just have to say that the Gorge is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. It is filled with hundreds of waterfalls, bubbling streams, old growth stands, mossy glens, volcanic rock formations, seasonal wildflowers, and trails galore! It is hands-down one of my favorite places in the WORLD and I highly recommend getting out there!

Columbia River Gorge Adventures

One of my favorite races: The Columbia Gorge Marathon (and half, and 5k)

Columbia River View
Looking east from Hood River, along the Columbia River Gorge Marathon course. © Brian Denekas