This post was originally posted on the 9th September, 2011.
On November 17, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. The act set aside 292,500 acres of land for the future to enjoy as much and the past and present has. This includes an 85 mile stretch of the lower to mid Columbia River. The scenic area starts in a wet area (75” of annual rain fall) on the east end of Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA at the Sandy River. The scenic area continues up river (to the east) at a semi-arid area (15” of annual rain fall) in Klickitat County, Washington and Wasco County, Oregon at the Deschutes River.
The scenic area covers six counties:
In Washington they are Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties.
In Oregon they are Clackamas, Hood, and Wasco Counties.
This November will be the 25th birthday for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Please join us and others in celebrating this event. Get outdoors and spend some Life In The Outdoors time with your family, friends, and others.
The scenic area is managed by the US Forest Service and as such, much of the area within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area does require a Recreation Pass. Here is a list of sites (within the scenic area) that require a Recreation Pass as of the writing of this article:
Bridge of the Gods Trail head
Dog Mountain Trail head
Eagle Creek Picnic Site
Eagle Creek Trail head
Gorton Creek Trail head
Herman Creek Trail head
Larch Mountain Picnic Site
Larch Mountain Trail head
North Bonneville Trail head
Sam Walker Picnic Site
St. Cloud Picnic Site
Wahclella Falls Trail head
The US Forest Service’s web page for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area states “Revenues from pass sales go directly to maintaining and improving the trails, land and facilities you own and enjoy.”
There are four (4) days each year that are free days (no pass or day use fees). They are: National Trail Day, National Get Outdoors Day, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.