These Columbia River Gorge hikes reopened on ‘Green Friday’

For the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire, six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway and several popular trails near Multnomah Falls have reopened, including Angels Rest, Wahkeena Falls, Horsetail Falls and Larch Mountain trails east of Portland.

The reopening includes the full 7-mile Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Falls loop. A short half-mile hike from Horsetail Falls Trailhead to Ponytail Falls also is open.

The full length of the Historic Columbia River Highway impacted by Eagle Creek Fire is now open.

“This reopening includes a lot of the really good stuff,” Forest Service spokeswoman Rachel Pawlitz said.

However, many U.S. Forest Service and State Park trails and sites remain closed with no timeline for reopening. That includes famous hikes such as Eagle Creek Trail and Wahclella Falls.

“It’s thrilling to be able to reconnect visitors with these much loved waterfalls and trails, which were hard hit by the fire,” said Lynn Burditt, area manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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