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Tag: Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Forest Service Road 99, leading to Windy Ridge at Mount St. Helens, opens Friday

Forest Service Road 99 on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will open for the season Friday morning. The road provides access to popular east-side Mount St. Helens attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers daily ranger-led activities at sites along Road 99, including “Eruption Talks” at the Windy Ridge Viewpoint. The programs will start Friday.

Interpretive programs offered at Lahar Viewpoint on Road 83 while Road 99 remained closed will continue Fridays- Sundays.

Programs along Road 99 will run seven day a week through the remainder of the

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Not all Gifford Pinchot National Forest roads, trails and campgrounds will be open for weekend

With the beginning of the traditional start of the summer recreation season coming this weekend, regardless of above normal snowpack many campgrounds, roads and trails on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be open:

Here is a rundown of conditions on the forest:


Some of the campgrounds open for Memorial Day Weekend include:

  • Beaver, north of Carson
  • Government Mineral Springs, north of Carson
  • Iron Creek, south of Randle
  • Kalama Horse Camp, north of Cougar
  • La Wis Wis, east of Packwood (no water yet – reduced fee)
  • Lower Falls, east of Cougar

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

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

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Two Gifford Pinchot National Forest roads to close for work

Two major Gifford Pinchot National Forest road will temporarily close for construction projects designed to enhance visitor safety and fish passage.

Forest Road 90 crosses over an unstable rockslide. This section requires the installation of two new culverts and additional signs for visitor safety.

Forest Road 90 will be closed from milepost 28 to milepost 30 due to
roadway construction. Construction will begin Monday. Signs near the project-site will provide detour information.

See the Gifford Pinchot website for details on this project.

Replacement of Green Fork Bridge on Forest Road 42 is causing the temporary closure of this

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest elevates fire danger rating

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest just announce they have increased
the fire danger rating to very high.

Officials are asking visitors and other Forest-users to take added precautions.

As you’re enjoying your campfire, remember these safety tips:

  1. Once you have a fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily
  2. Keep your fire to a manageable size and do not burn a fire during the heat of the day
  3. Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
  4. Never leave your campfire unattended
  5. Never cut live trees or branches

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Mount St. Helens scientist wins regional award

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument scientist Peter Frenzen has been selected as Forest Service Region 6 Interpreter/Conservation Educator of the Year.

During his long tenure at the monument, Frenzen instituted interpretive and educational projects of local, regional and national significance. He was instrumental in the development of the monument’s three original visitor centers and interpretive sites, and is starting that process anew, leading the current effort to replace dated exhibits and film at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

Frenzen also has helped train several generations of seasonal interpreters and has been key in the development of educational materials, symposia and

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Landslide threatens Gifford Pinchot road

Forest Road 25 at Benham Creek 5 miles north of the Forest Road 99 junction to Windy Ridge may be closed at any time due to a landslide. Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials just made the announcement.

A large landslide closed the road last winter, and a temporary bridge was installed in June to provide access along the major north and south road. Recent heavy rains are dislodging additional material at the Benham Creek site forcing forest officials to consider a complete closure to protect the public.

Forest staffers have started work with Federal Highways on design and replacement of

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