Please Plan and Prepare Before Visiting the Gorge

Increased visitation puts increased pressure on the Gorge’s limited resources.  If you’re planning a trip to our region, please help keep our communities safe by following CDC and local health guidelines and respecting the requests of individual businesses. Always have a Plan B and a Plan C in case your destination is too crowded or closed. 

Dog Mountain permits for weekend hikers released March 1

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area – U.S. Forest Service will release online permits March 1st at for hikers headed to Dog Mountain on weekends from April 23 – June 12 this year. Permits will also be required on Memorial Day.

There will be 200 permits available per day through the online reservation system at Of these, 100 permits for each day will be released March 1st and an additional 100 permits for each day will be released and available online three days in advance. More details about the permit system are available at

Timed Permits Required on Historic Hwy & Multnomah Falls May 2022

Between May 24 and Sept. 5, 2022, a timed use permit will be required for each personal vehicle driven in the Waterfall Corridor between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from just east of the Bridal Veil off-ramp (Exit 28) to Ainsworth State Park (Exit 35).

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Multnomah Falls will also be required timed permits again this year to help with congestion and safety. Click here to reserve your tickets.

Visit Car-Free with the Columbia Gorge Express

No reservations or permits are needed if you go by transit. Sit back and enjoy the amazing views with one of the many shuttles leaving Portland each day for Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, Hood River or any of the great trails and unique towns linked by transit. Start here to plan your trip.

Wonder which recreation sites are open? Click on the button below.

After visiting the Gorge, we invite you to consider making a Pledge of $1/hour for the time you spend mountain biking, hiking to epic peaks or wildflower meadows, fishing pristine rivers and waterways, or any of the other epic adventures you’ve just had. It’s easy. Just text the phrase WILD4GORGE to 44321. Make a donation and know you are helping to protect the outdoor resources you just played in so others can continue to enjoy them in the future.