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Roads to two Mount St. Helens sno-parks no longer being plowed

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 29, 2011 at 9:53 am with No Comments »
March 29, 2011 9:53 am

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest this morning announced Forest Road 83 to Marble Mountain and Cougar sno-parks will not be plowed for the remainder of the season. The sno-parks are in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

There is currently eight inches of snow on FR 83, and FR 8303 is not
passable to Ape Cave or Trail of Two Forests.

The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District reported 12 inches of snow on FR 25
beyond Benham Creek where plowing stops.

Recreation Lead Jack Thorne recommended Forest visitors exercise extreme caution when deciding to drive on unplowed roadways.

Remember, conditions may look fine on the way in, but those conditions may change without warning. Always be prepared with the proper safety equipment, food, water, footwear and clothing. Let somebody know where you are going and when you plan to return, said a forest news release.

Please make sure you and vehicles are prepared for winter travel. Remember to carry emergency equipment and chains. Your safety depends on good planning and good judgment. For statewide road information, click here.

For current Forest road information, please contact the Gifford Pinchot
National Forest Headquarters at 360-891-5000.

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