The latest blog post from the WTA
highlights upcoming closures as the paving of Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road gets underway:
2014 ROAD CLOSURES
The Lake Dorothy Road, which some people use as an alternative to one section of the Middle Fork Road, will be closed to all public traffic. (See map.)
Full road closures should be expected on the main Middle Fork Road beginning as soon as May 5, 2014 and extending through October 31, 2014 as follows:
Eastern Intersection of Lake Dorothy Road (Upper Couplet or Road) to Middle Fork Campground
Road Closed: 12:00pm Monday — 12:00pm Friday
Road Open: 12:00pm Friday — 12:00pm Monday (Up to 60 minute delays may occur.)
CCC Trailhead to Middle Fork Campground
Road Closed: 7 Day a Week Closure - July 28, 2014 to September 26, 2014
Update: here's another good summary from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Blog.
As of April 1, it's permit season on Mt St Helens; you need one if you are going above 4,800 ft. There's no limit on permits through May 14th, at which point a limit of 100 per day kick in:
|April 1 through May 14||$22||none|
|May 15 through October 31||$22||100 climbers per day|
|November 1 through March 31||none||none|
After this weekend, the snowplay area
at Paradise in Mt Rainier National Park will be closed for the season. For more information about seasonal changes at the park, see this news release
There have been some heavy avalanches at Crystal Mountain, impacting the High Campbell lift:
Special Notice The bottom of the High Campbell chairlift was taken out by an very large avalanche late yesterday afternoon. The area was closed and nobody was hurt. The avalanche was triggered by an explosive set by ski patrol at around 4:45pm. We are currently experiencing abnormal avalanche conditions. Bear Pitts, Powder Bowl, High Campbell and Employee Housing have all produced large avalanches, triggered by explosives. These slides produced 6-8 foot crowns, slid to the ground and took out many trees. These slopes will most likely remain closed for some time. Other avalanche prone terrain such as Exterminator will be closed until the snow pack stabilizes. Please bear with us as we work to mitigate this hazard. As always, respect the patrol, don't duck ropes, enter through gates only and practice patience.
With the time change and the extra light, the road from Longmire to Paradise at Mt Rainier National Park will be open later on weekends. From the news release
6:00 p.m. Uphill gate closesWeekdays, Monday-Friday hours will remain the same as present through March:
7:00 p.m. Downhill gate closes, road closed
4:00 p.m. Uphill gate closes
5:00 p.m. Downhill gate closes, road closed
The 2014 version of the Seattle Bike map is available
now. See this page
for more information or to order a printed copy.
Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived next weekend for President's Day. The following fees are waived:
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.