I like to carry a little protection while hiking with the family. Especially since that day I found fresh cougar tracks and droppings. I don't have my CCW yet so when I do carry, it's Open. I haven't been able to find any information online about whether certain areas (Columbia River Gorge Scenic areas) prohibit firearms or not. If we go hiking I usually just look at the trailhead sign and go from there. Does anyone have any opinions or experiences with something like this? Or maybe know whether or not I'm breaking any laws by carrying open on public forestry lands? I'm assuming since open carry is legal, I should be ok. But we all know what happens when someone assumes! Thanks!