Q&A

Commonly asked questions about the planning for Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge

  1. Why are we updating the Oregon State Parks 1994 Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan?

  2. When are the public meetings?

  3. How many Oregon State Parks are in the Columbia Gorge?

  4. What was presented at the first public meeting?

  5. What was presented at the second public meeting?

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  1. I’d very much like to see the abandoned Gorge trails resurrected. I’m especially missing the Perdition Trail between Multnomah and Wahkeena Creeks and the Wygant/Chetwoot Trail complex in the eastern Gorge. The Primrose Path from the summit of Devil’s Rest down to Trail #415 is another abandoned trail that really only needs brushing out (although a lot of it) to become a viable part of a Wahkeena/Devil’s Rest loop that (unlike the current loop to Angel’s Rest) is within the range of senior and other less athletic hikers.

    There also need to be more trails built in the Gorge to take the pressure off the popular ones. Connecting trails that would make a 5-6 mile loop (similar to the Multnomah-Wahkeena loop) out of existing one-way trails would be especially helpful to hikers, especially those of us who aren’t up to really long hikes. A number of these could be built in the mid-Gorge, using Trail 400 for the bottom end of the loop. A really easy connector would be to connect the Horsetail Falls and Oneonta trails with a trail parallel to the Scenic Highway, so that those of us hiking the Horsetail/Oneonta loop don’t have to walk the road back to our cars, an unpleasant and scary finish to what is otherwise a spectacular loop hike.

    • Thank you for the thoughtful suggestions. We are definitely looking to include additional trail opportunities and loops for all skill levels including families, older hikers, and universal access options. We also recognize the importance of providing more trail opportunities to take “take the pressure off the popular ones”, from a visitor experience and maintenance perspective. We will definitely consider the feasibility of these trails for the plan.

    • Most of the Primrose is still there and very hikeable for hikers with good routefinding skills. A small section needs serious brushing.

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