Hood River, Oregon Trails are Closed due to Wildfire Danger

A popular trail system in Oregon is closed to mountain biking due to the risk of wildfire in the area while poor air quality is making riding dangerous.
Hood River, Post Canyon. Photo: Chris Daniels.

Fires along the Western United States continue to rage on, affecting mountain biking in one way or another. In Hood River, Oregon, the county board of commissioners have closed county land, which effectively shuts down access to the Post Canyon trails for the time being.

“Hopefully, this closure will be short-lived,” said the Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS) in a statement. The closure took place on September 11, and restricts use of Hood River County Forest, Forest Roads, and Forest Trails. Once conditions improve, HRATS says that the access should be reinstated quickly.

As of Friday afternoon, HRATS said the visibility was limited to about a quarter-mile from dense smoke. Air quality has reached a “hazardous” level of over 400 (AQI) the past few days and residents are being discouraged from outdoor activities that may have dangerous health consequences.


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