Popular Columbia Gorge waterfall trail reopens

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The Wahclella Falls Trail was one of those hit hardest by the Eagle Creek Fire

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CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (AP) – One of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge has reopened almost two years after it was damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire.

The Statesman-Journal reports the Wahclella Falls Trail, near Cascade Locks and east of Multnomah Falls, features a 2.4 mile (3.9 kilometer) out-and-back hike through a slot canyon to a powerful waterfall.

The main part of the trail has been cleared and stabilized, but the upper section remains closed because of a damaged bridge and washouts.

The U.S. Forest Service says people for their safety should respect closure signs and stay out of areas that remain closed.

The trail was one of those hit hardest by the Eagle Creek Fire, which ignited Sept. 2, 2017, after a teenager tossed a firework off nearby Eagle Creek Trail.

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