Many roads closing at Gifford Pinchot

Increasing snow at higher elevations is causing the closure of some Gifford Pinchot National Forest roads for the winter. Winter recreationists should keep in mind that roads to Sno-Parks are now just getting plowed or will be plowed later.

Forest Road 25 is now gated at the south end due to increasing snow levels at higher elevations. The north end of Forest Road 25 is gated at Benham Creek, five miles north of Forest Road 99, because of a landslide.

Forest Road 81 is closed beyond Cougar Sno-Park, and Forest Road 83 is closed beyond Marble Mountain Sno-Park.

Forest Service Road 52, also known as Skate Creek Road, from Packwood to Highway 706 outside Ashford, is still open.

On the west side of Mount St. Helens, Highway 504 remains open east of the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center as far Coldwater Lake recreation site. The Johnston Ridge Observatory, however, is closed for the winter.

The News Tribune