“While this closure along with the two other we have in the valley this winter will be an impact to the groomed snowmobile routes the area has to offer, there are still a number of options for snowmobiling. I would encourage visitors to look at the other nearby groomed snowmobile route opportunities on the Washington State Parks Web site.” Said Gayne Sears, District Ranger for the Newport and Sullivan Lake Districts. She added “that is it unfortunate this temporary closure is necessary, but we feel the logging activities we were recently made aware of are a risk to public, contractor and employee safety.”
The two other closures in place are: Cee Cee Ah Creek Road (Forest Road 1920000) due to a large washout from storm damage; and the National Forest portions of the Middle and East Branches Le Clerc Creek Roads, and the Hanlon Cutoff Road due to winter logging operations on National Forest System lands resulting in extensive log truck traffic combined with narrow roads, limited pull-outs, and winter driving conditions.
For more information on these temporary closures or where to find additional groomed snowmobile opportunities, please contact either the Newport Ranger Station at (509) 447-7300, or the Sullivan Lake Ranger Station at (509) 446-7500. An additional resource is the Washington State Parks Snowmobile Sno-Parks Web site http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/trails/?Trailmotorized