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US Forest Service warns hikers to be aware of poor trail conditions

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With one of the wettest winter's on record, the USDA Forest Service is warning hikers to be aware of washed out and damaged trails this spring.

The Forest Service said Horsetail Falls, located in the Columbia River Gorge, is one of their better maintained trails in the system because it's so popular. But there are so many other trails across Oregon, it's tough for them to maintain them all.

Since it was such a wet winter, the Forest Service said they are getting lots of reports of logs blocking trails or slides cutting off public access. Their goal is to get to them all but their volunteers can only do so much, and conditions change all the time.

The Forest Service is prioritizing which trails to maintain and said they are relying on hikers to tell them about other trouble spots. Whether that's hikers calling in or tracking posts through social media. They said hikers should always be prepared this time of year for changing conditions.

"Where we know there's a significant public safety issue, we will sign the trail, we will try to close those places off. And just sort of our normal minor slides and downed trees, you really need to be aware of your surroundings," said Stan Hinatsu, Rec. Staff Officer with USDA Forest Service.

USDA Forest Service said they will post as much information about trail conditions on their website, and hikers can check that before they head out the door.

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