If you are like the majority of us, your skis need waxing and snowmobiles could use a tune up after being left unattended since last spring. Please take a moment to make sure that your winter equipment is operational and serviced, if needed. The splendor of the wintery outdoors can fade quickly if stuck in a remote area far from warm shelter, food, and dry clothes. Remember to carry extra food, water, and warm clothes when heading into the outdoors this winter, ensure your vehicle is equipped with chains, tow ropes, etc., and always let someone know your destination and when you plan to return.
One popular destination for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing is the Salt Creek Summit Sno-Park adjacent to the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (Forest Road 39), at the top of Salt Creek Summit. As a multi-use site, the snowmobile trails and cross-country ski trails are maintained in partnership with local clubs, and the Sno-Park is plowed under an agreement with Oregon Department of Transportation. A state Sno-Park permit is required to use this facility in the winter season.
As in years past, the Forest Service will continue to plow the 39 Road to Salt Creek Summit as soon as conditions require. If it does snow this week or weekend, please allow the Forest Service and ODOT time to get Road 39 plowed prior to heading up this road. Another important point to remember in being prepared for the winter season is to make sure you check the weather forecast and the local Wallowa Avalanche Center website www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org prior to any trip into the mountains. Thank you and have a wonderful and safe visit to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.