The road to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint at Mount St. Helens opened yesterday, as Forest Road 99 also opens access to Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car inside the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Forest Service says that the snow in that area has receded to the point that the Viewpoint can open; daily Ranger-led activities are planned through the summer, and access to the Mount Margaret Backcountry is now available, as well.
As salmon-rearing ponds are constructed, two small Gifford Pinchot National Forest recreation areas are being closed through November. Starting on Monday, the Muddy River Day Use site and the Clear Creek dispersed camp site will be closed, while “acclimation ponds” for juvenile salmon are built on the Lewis River. There ponds are part of a larger effort to restore historic salmon runs above PacifiCorp’s Lewis River dams. Other recreational sites will remain open while this work is being done, so there are still plenty of options for outdoor activities along this route. Check the Gifford Pinchot Forest websites for more information.