Crews monitoring road conditions over the past two to three weeks have determined that some road beds have dried and stabilized allowing the roads to be driven on without significant damage. Rutting and erosion is always a concern during the spring thaw. Keeping vehicles off of roads until they have stabilized prevents damage that is costly to repair, protects fragile soils and water quality as well as sensitive terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals.
When traveling on forest roads it is important to stay on the road. Do not drive through extremely wet or muddy segments of the road. Do not leave the road to get around a snowbank, downed tree or other obstacle. Protect your resources and report obstacles such as downed trees, rock or mud slides or other damage to your local Ranger Station.
Roads in the Cle Elum Valley, 4308 French Cabin Creek, 4330 Fish Lake, and 46 Cooper Lake remain closed to wheeled vehicles and open to snowmobiles and other winter recreation. These roads will continue to be monitored and will open to wheeled vehicles once conditions permit.
As of March 03, 2015 the following roads are open to street legal vehicles.
3100- Manastash 3300 – Taneum 3330 – Gnat Flat
3500– Reecer Creek 4823 – Yakima River 4832 – Keechelus Frontage
4900 – Kachess 4948- Gale Creek 5400 - Stampede Pass
5480 –Lost Lake 9737 – North Fork Teanaway 9738 – Jack Creek
For additional information or to report road damage or debris contact the Cle Elum Ranger Station at 509-852-1100