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vogtski
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3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« on: 03/24/20, 05:11 PM »

Both Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks have essentially closed motorized access because of the pandemic:
https://www.nps.gov/mora/learn/news/mount-rainier-national-park-closes-roads-to-public-vehicles.htm
https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #1 on: 03/24/20, 11:06 PM »

Ugh, I was hoping to tour there later this week...
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #2 on: 03/25/20, 07:48 AM »

North Cascades National Park has closed all campgrounds, boat ramps, and the Cascade River, Thornton Lakes, and Upper Goodell roads:
https://www.nps.gov/noca/learn/news/north-cascades-national-park-service-complex-modifies-operations-to-implement-latest-health-guidance.htm
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #3 on: 03/25/20, 12:08 PM »

Skamania county sheriffs department (Mt St Helens and Mt Adams) shutdown all trailheads and banned hiking in all forest lands regardless of access point.

https://www.skamaniacounty.org/home/showdocument?id=2391

Also Mt Hood Meadows just banned uphill travel in their permit area as well in compliance with Hood River County Sheriffs Dept.
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #4 on: 03/25/20, 04:42 PM »

Skamania county sheriffs department (Mt St Helens and Mt Adams) shutdown all trailheads and banned hiking in all forest lands regardless of access point.

I don't read this order as limited to forest lands. I read it as ALL "recreational hiking destinations" in Skamamia County, period. I'm flabbergasted at how broad this order is. No hiking anywhere?

Question, most of Mt. Adams is in Yakima County but is the Morrison Cr Campground trailhead in Skamania County?
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #5 on: 03/25/20, 05:53 PM »

I don't read this order as limited to forest lands. I read it as ALL "recreational hiking destinations" in Skamamia County, period. I'm flabbergasted at how broad this order is. No hiking anywhere?

Question, most of Mt. Adams is in Yakima County but is the Morrison Cr Campground trailhead in Skamania County?

Yeah, someone on Oregon Hikers called the Department of Emergency Management for clarification. Here's the direct quote

"I just spoke with John @ Skamania County dept of emergency management. The entire county is closed to all hiking. It doesn't matter if it's not in the Gorge, not an actual trailhead. No one is allowed to hike anywhere in the county at all. The USFS is on board with this for the lands they manage. John said Skamania just doesn't have the resources to have any potential SARs, let alone having the crowds come, etc. Understandable, but still very disappointing."
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #6 on: 03/26/20, 06:57 PM »

Add all of Mt Hood National Forest to the list of closures

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=56931
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #7 on: 03/26/20, 08:47 PM »

Stupid people enforcing stupid orders from stupid people. Shut down activities where you do not encounter other humans but, you can go to a grocery store, Costco, pharmacy with other people within 6'.
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #8 on: 03/27/20, 08:09 AM »

First time I've seen USFS do this.  National Park Service all the time when a chill to the wind comes up.
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Re: 3-24-20 Rainier & Olympic access closed
« Reply #9 on: 03/27/20, 03:52 PM »

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/03/27/coronavirus-oregon-washington-covid-19-pacific-northwest-national-forests/2923554001/?fbclid=IwAR2GCXeMhkAM3KuOO8Terkvb1c1-zOzTW_hb3ZfQxjeYeQc6_NU_Cg9iXgg
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