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Fire damage forced closure of many popular hikes along the Columbia River, but a new guide is available to help you plan your treks.

PHOTO BY MICHEAL DREWRY, COURTESY FRIENDS OF THE COLUMBIA GORGE - Though surrounded by charred trees, the Multnomah Falls trail is once again accessible up to Benson Bridge. It's hiking season and you want to cool off by visiting some lush waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, or show out-of-town visitors our scenic wonders.

But you don't know which trails are closed due to damage from the Eagle Creek or other fires.

What to do?

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge has some ideas.

The nonprofit advocacy group is offering two resources to plan your next hike.

• Check here for an exhaustive list of accessible hikes on the Oregon and Washington sides of the gorge: https://bit.ly/2Md9Mf0

• Check here for a dynamic map of the gorge that shows which areas are closed and which are open: https://bit.ly/2OyquY5

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