Before Wildfire, the Columbia River Gorge Was Groaning With New Visitors Unprepared for the Outdoors

Experts say the Eagle Creek fire is a result of ever-increasing use—not exceptional stupidity.

In a 2012 YouTube video, seven hikers from Long Beach, Calif., launch themselves from 80 feet above the bottle-green waters of Punch Bowl Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail.

Source: Before Wildfire, the Columbia River Gorge Was Groaning With New Visitors Unprepared for the Outdoors – Willamette Week