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PostTue May 12, 2020 8:19 pm 
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Please, stay home. Stay healthy. Stay safe.
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PostWed May 13, 2020 10:06 am 
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Yes, I think we should all stay home for a couple of years until we are absolutely sure that there is nothing outside that is out to get us. However, living in my shack, if a tree falls, I am toast. eek.gif

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PostWed May 13, 2020 1:35 pm 
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N Fk Teanaway was full like Memorial  Day weekend with dispersed campers. Lots were just  hanging by the river at their camps so we saw a fairly typical number of hikers and skiers for  this  time of year right as the road opens to the end (it wasn't driveable except in very high clearance until Sunday, when anything except a super low slung car could clear the last big of snow to the parking at the  end, which is technically still "closed" as it's a developed site there what with the  pit toilet and picnic table but no enforcement of any sort was happening). Folks were giving each other  plenty of room  to pass on the trails and weren't crowding into scenes worthy of sensational media images (ideally to be shot with telephoto lenses to make everyone look more packed together than they really are ;-) ).

The only yahoo move I saw was the crew that drove their sleds up the bare esmerelda trail, dislodging many basketball-ish sized rocks from the earth and tearing up vegetation where they veered off trail a bit to avoid trail obstacles. They went at least a half mile on mostly dirt/rock/vegetation before they got to any sort of sleddable snow (and even then they surely had a lot of earth to cross for a  little  ways further). I'm Ok with sleds having access to that area when it's snow covered but these folks were definitely stretching it past a reasonable point IMO. Seemed like a "cooped  up and angry" sort of move... (and yes I know this trail is an old mining road - if they were able to just stay on the trail and not yank rocks from the holes they were  embedded in up along the  sidewalls of the trail and tearing up bushes and grass, I wouldn't have been as annoyed).
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PostWed May 13, 2020 2:48 pm 
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The official word from the NC National Park is that Highway 20 is open for "essential" travel and the National Park remains closed to all uses.
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PostFri May 15, 2020 3:46 pm 
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joker wrote:
They went at least a half mile on mostly dirt/rock/vegetation before they got to any sort of sleddable snow (and even then they surely had a lot of earth to cross for a  little  ways further).

Unfortunately this seems like pretty standard sledding behavior as the snowline increases.   I've seen the same at Schreiber Meadows.
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PostFri May 15, 2020 4:33 pm 
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The latest in ONP:

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:

May 14, 2020 Update

Open: The Lake Crescent area is open for day use recreation. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to the Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads and the Storm King boat launch. Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and East Beach picnic areas are also accessible. The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently under construction and closed to all use for public safety until the project is complete in fall 2020.

On Friday, May 15, Sol Duc Road will open to vehicles for day use recreation. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, RV & Campground remain closed and updates are available on their website. The Heart O’ the Forest trail in the Heart O’ the Hills area will also be accessible for day use with parking available at the amphitheater.

Visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan even for a day hike.

Closed:

All coastal areas of Olympic National Park are closed to all park visitors until further notice. The coastal area closures include all parking areas, trails, beaches, and facilities at Kalaloch, Mora, and Ozette.

The following park roads are closed at the park boundary: Staircase Road; Hurricane Ridge Road above the Heart O' the Hills entrance station; Ozette Road; Mora Road; Upper Hoh Road; Lower and Upper Queets roads; and North Shore (residential traffic only), North Fork, and Graves Creek roads in the Quinault Valley. The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road. Deer Park, Obstruction Point, and Hurricane Hill roads have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time.

All overnight camping, including in wilderness, is currently suspended. All drive-in park campgrounds are closed including: Staircase, Heart O’ the Hills, Ozette, Mora, Hoh, Kalaloch, Queets, North Fork, and Graves Creek. Deer Park, Fairholme, Sol Duc, and South Beach have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time. With this closure, it is important to remember that no other areas in the park are authorized for camping.

To make changes to or cancel existing wilderness permit reservations affected by this closure, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 (Option 4) or email Olym_WIC@nps.gov.

Public facilities including visitor centers, contact stations, and most restrooms remain closed.
Kalaloch Lodge, Creekside Restaurant and The Mercantile closed as of March 23. The tentative date for reopening is currently May 29 at the earliest.

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Campground and RV Park and Lake Crescent Lodge have delayed opening until May 29 at the earliest.

Log Cabin Resort has delayed opening until June 12 at the earliest.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

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PostFri May 15, 2020 7:39 pm 
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Gifford Pinchot trailheads open
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd739017
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PostSat May 16, 2020 6:36 am 
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Chief Joseph wrote:
Yes, I think we should all stay home for a couple of years until we are absolutely sure that there is nothing outside that is out to get us. However, living in my shack, if a tree falls, I am toast. eek.gif

lol.gif Good one.  up.gif

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PostSun May 17, 2020 12:17 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
People have felt cooped up, it's natural that there's a lot of pent up demand right now.  And everything hasn't opened yet, so people are concentrated in places they can get to.  If you expect crowding, you won't be disappointed to find it.  It'll slowly get better.

I wonder if rethinking the M-F work week would help with some of the crowding. Not that everyone is working of course, nor working the standard week. But if there weren't these two specific days that people feel is there only chance to recreate, it could reduce crowds by not having so much of a weekend warrior bottleneck.

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PostSun May 17, 2020 2:19 pm 
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At least 25 cars parked at Mountainside Blvd. TH to Bullitt Fireplace and Chibiniski Trails. No work party sigh, Really?

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PostTue May 19, 2020 1:59 pm 
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Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest Officially opening trailheads on Friday May 22nd.

Fees are required where full services (i.e. bathrooms) are available for people to use.
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PostTue May 19, 2020 4:38 pm 
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luke123234 wrote:
Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest Officially opening trailheads on Friday May 22nd.

Sounds like SOME of the trailheads and day use areas on the Okanogan - Wenatchee NF will open May 22.  SOME campgrounds are PLANNED to open in June.  ALL  facilities may or MAYNOT be available at these open sites.

I saw this on a Facebook post from the Forest.  I didn’t know whether or not other Washington Forests (or Oregon) Are doing something similar.  I would hope there is some co-ordination!

News release, today, from the OKA-WEN NF:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD742926
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PostWed May 20, 2020 7:16 pm 
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Yosemite National Park aims to reopen in early June

Under the draft plan, visitors with overnight reservations at hotels or campgrounds inside the park would be allowed to drive in without buying a ticket to the park ahead of time.

But visitors coming in for the day would be required to first purchase a day pass at recreation.gov.

Maybe the WA national parks will follow the same plan?
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PostThu May 21, 2020 11:52 am 
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Pandemic or not it's way past time for a policy like this to be implemented at MRNP as well.   Cars back up for miles (and hours) at the Nisqually entrance every weekend. The current situation seemed untenable.
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PostThu May 21, 2020 12:59 pm 
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slabbyd wrote:
Pandemic or not it's way past time for a policy like this to be implemented at MRNP as well.  Cars back up for miles (and hours) at the Nisqually entrance every weekend. The current situation seemed untenable.

Couldn't agree more! I will be interested to see how they manage the climbing season this year. Any of the high camps - Muir, Sherman etc are busy with little space for distancing and shared washrooms. The guide services use the hut at Muir for their climbers and theres the public shelter so seems like potential for one infected person to cause issues especially for the rangers who spend time at the high camps. Maybe they'll add a disclaimer in which climbers accept the Covid risk in addition to the perpetual rockfall on the Cleaver? biggrin.gif
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