Oregon trails reopen following 2017 wildfire damage

The Eagle Creek Fire ignited Sept. 2, 2017 after a teenager tossed a firework off nearby Eagle Creek Trail.

Eagle Creek Trail reopened Friday after 2017 wildfire damage kept it closed for more than three years.

Posted: Jan 2, 2021 3:59 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The new year has brought a new beginning for some of the most famous trails in the Columbia River Gorge.

Eagle Creek Trail, the iconic pathway that passes waterfalls and steep cliff edges, reopened Friday after 2017 wildfire damage kept it closed for more than three years.

The epicenter of the 49,000-acre Eagle Creek Fire, the trail is open for its entire length, from the trailhead near Cascade Locks to Wahtum Lake.

Other trails that reopened include Wahclella Falls and the Larch Mountain Trail between Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls.

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