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Gorgeous Hikes

COVID-19 UPDATE
Although some outdoor recreation has opened in Washington State, many of the trails in Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge remain closed due to COVID-19.  Please check trail status before you leave home!
Washington State Parks:  https://parks.state.wa.us/1177/Novel-Coronavirus—COVID-19
Gifford Pinchot National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/?aid=56793
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices/?aid=57036

Be responsible by:

Physical distancing is key: Choose wide trails and give each other space when passing.
Bathroom breaks: BYOTP. For now, assume all trailhead facilities will be closed.
Stay local: Stick to parks you can access in a day, and keep rural communities safe.
Be careful out there: Emergency responders have their hands full. Avoid taking risks and respect closures still in place.

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Guide to Hiking Levels

Before you hit the trail, it’s important to research the difficulty level to ensure it will give you the experience you’re looking for.

Easy: Level to gently rolling terrain and incline. Easy hiking. Requires limited skill and has minimal physical challenges.

Moderate: Easy hiking that involves an increase in mileage and elevation gain.

More Difficult: Vigorous hiking with moderate hills and slopes. Requires a moderate skill level and provides a moderate physical challenge.

Most Difficult: Requires a high degree of skill and provides a lot of physical challenge. Steep grades, narrow tread widths, low levels of maintenance could arise. May require stepping over logs or traversing steep slopes or stream fords. Suitable for experienced hikers in good physical condition.

Gorgeous Hikes

Don’t Forget! A NW Forest Pass is required for most trails and fee sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. A Discover Pass is required for all trails or fee sites in Washougal State Parks.

*NW Forest Passes can be purchased at the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce and local convenience stores. The Washington State Discover Pass can be purchased at Beacon Rock State Park and local convenience stores.*

Hiking Resources

Mount St. Helens National Monument  360-449-7800

Gifford Pinchot National Forest  360-891-5000

Mount Adams Ranger Station  509-395-3400

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area  541-308-1700

NOTE: Changing weather conditions can affect hiking levels for trails