OPB interviewed Skamania County Chair who said"
Let's hope the reopening isn't short-lived and do our part. On the last 3 hikes I didn't meet anyone else (gated forest roads are great for hikng, too).the reopening of Columbia Gorge recreation sites to unfold “at a reasonable pace.” “We’re going to dial it up slowly,” Hamlin said in an interview. “The public will still be able to come out and go to the areas that have been underutilized, kind of undiscovered and a little more off the beaten path — and not the highest use, most popular sites.”
High-traffic parks and trails, such as Beacon Rock and Dog Mountain in his county, should stay closed “for the foreseeable future”