Please Plan and Prepare Before Visiting the Gorge

Increased visitation puts increased pressure on the Gorge’s limited resources. Always have a Plan B and a Plan C in case your destination is too crowded or closed. 

Reservations for Dog Mountain now open

Dog Mountain Day Use Area and Trailhead is well known for its spring-blooming yellow balsamroot meadows. A permit is required to park at the Dog Mtn Trailhead on Saturdays and Sundays from April 27 – June 16 and Memorial Day. If there are no permits available, hikers may take the shuttle from Stevenson and a hand stamp will serve as your hiking permit.

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Visit Car-Free with the Columbia Gorge Express

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. No permits or reservations needed when you arrive by transit.

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Smoke Ready Gorge

During fire season in the Gorge (June – Oct), the smoke can turn on you. Now there is a new website that gives real-time air quality readings from the many monitors around the Gorge. It includes maps with hazard level and a sign up for emergency alerts.

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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.