The Washington Department of Natural Resources announced today the reopening Snow Cabin Campground in Ahtahum State Forest near Yakima. The DNR says the new Discover Pass is the reason for the reopening.
Here’s the statement from the DNR:
One month after the state launched the Discover Pass on July 1, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reopened Snow Cabin Campground in the Ahtanum State Forest. DNR closed the campground in 2009 after experiencing a nearly 50-percent cut to its recreation funding. The same year, DNR also closed or reduced services to about two dozen recreation facilities, trailheads, and day-use facilities across the state.Thanks to the recreating public who has purchased a Discover Pass, DNR can begin to reopen recreation access to DNR-managed lands across the state, including Snow Cabin Campground. On July 1, DNR reopened Ahtanum Meadows Campground. Snow Cabin Campground, which is located above 5,000 feet, still had too much snow on the ground to open last month. In addition, crews were busy catching up on much-needed maintenance removing hazardous, diseased trees that posed a threat to public safety in the campground area.
“The Discover Pass is already making more recreation access possible on DNR-managed lands,” said Mark Mauren, DNR’s Recreation Program Manager. “Over the next few months, DNR will restore services and reopen more recreation opportunities on state trust lands.”
Snow Cabin Campground is the westernmost facility on the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road. The campground has eight primitive campsites with a vault toilet and no running, potable water. DNR has replaced or refurbished picnic tables and added new fire pits. The name of the campground refers to a long-gone cabin that was used for monitoring snow levels. Ahtanum Meadows Campground is the most readily accessed camping area in the forest.
As with most DNR campgrounds, campsites at Snow Cabin and Ahtanum Meadows are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. The agency does not take reservations for most of its campgrounds.