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Gifford Pinchot Grooming Status for February 24, 2012

Mt. St. Helens Sno-Parks We run a dedicated Tucker 2000D Sno-Cat operating in this area, with a weekly grooming schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week.  The 25 Road from Wakepish Sno-Park is only groomed once per month due to available funding.  The average temperature in the Mt. St. Helens area has been above freezing much of this week, and we have lost about 8-10 inches of snow on the trail system, but the riding in Lahar and on the mountain is excellent.

  • The Cougar Sno-Park is OPEN and the Forest Road 83 is open up to the Cougar Sno-Park.  There is about 2 ½ feet of existing snow at the Cougar Sno-Park and the forecast is calling for more snow this weekend, and lower temperatures.  All trails serviced from this Sno-Park were groomed this week .  There is about 3-feet of snow at Blue Lake.
  • The Marble Mountain Sno-Park is OPEN, and the Forest Road 83 plowed up to the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. There is about 2 ½ feet of existing snow at the Sno-Park.  All trails serviced from this Sno-Park were groomed last on 2/24/12, and are scheduled to be groomed again on 2/27/12 anticipating fresh snow this coming weekend.  There is about 3-feet of snow at June Lake, and 4-ft of snow at Lahar.
  • The Wakepish Sno-Park is CLOSED for the rest of the season due to the replacement of the bridge at Benham creek. The 25 road from this Sno-Park is scheduled to be groomed once per month, with the next scheduled grooming on 2/29/12 from the south end of the Forest Service 25 road depending on snow conditions.

Mt. Adams Sno-Parks We run two Tucker 2000 Sno-Cats operating in these areas, and the grooming of the Sno-Parks in this area is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week with specific trails based on snow pack, trail and weather conditions, and local events.  The Snow Busters are hosting a poker ride from the flat-top Sno-Park this weekend, so if you plan on riding the parking in the Flat Top Sno-Park will be limited with lots of people on the trails.

  • The Atkinson Sno-Park is OPEN and has been plowed with about two-feet of snow at the Sno-Park, and the riding conditions are good with packed snow at all elevations.   We have groomed all the trails that are serviced from this Sno-Park on 2/23/2012, and are scheduled to groom again on 02/24/2012. There is about 4-feet of packed snow in the Berry Fields, 4 feet of packed snow at Spencer’s Meadow, and 8-feet of snow at Takalak Lake.
  • The Flattop Sno-Park is OPEN and has been plowed with almost 3-feet of snow at the Sno-Park, and the riding conditions are excellent with packed snow at all elevations.   We have groomed the trails that are serviced from this Sno-Park on 2/23/2012, and are scheduled to groom again on 2/24/2012. There is about 4-feet of packed snow in the Berry Fields, 4 feet of packed snow at Spencer’s Meadow, and 8-feet of snow at Takalak Lake. 
  • The Lone Butte Sno-Park is CLOSED and has not been plowed and with over 3-feet of snow at the Sno-Park. We have groomed the trails that are serviced from this Sno-Park on 2/24/12, and are scheduled to groom again on the regular schedule for next week. There is about 4-feet of packed snow in the Berry Fields, 4-feet of packed snow at Spencer’s Meadow, and 8-feet of snow at Takalak Lake
  • The Old-Man Pass, Koshko, are OPEN, and has been plowed with 3-feet of snow at the Sno-Parks, and the Skiing is excellent. The trails at these Sno-Parks are being groomed on 2/24/12, however  with the warm temperatures, there are areas of standing water over the trails.  The Wind-River Highway isn’t scheduled to be plowed past the Koshko Sno-Park, and Wheeled Vehicles are not permitted beyond the Koshko Sno-Park on the Wind River Highway.
  • The McClellan and Rush Sno-Parks are CLOSED and these Sno-Parks will not be plowed and there will be no maintenance of the facilities for this season due to funding issues.  The trails hare being groomed on 2/24/12 this week, however with the warm temperature, there are areas of standing water over the trails in some areas. The Wind-River Highway isn’t scheduled to be plowed past the Koshko Sno-Park, and Wheeled Vehicles are not permitted beyond the Koshko Sno-Park on the Wind River Highway.
  • The Pineside Sno-Park is OPEN and the SnowKing Sno-Park is OPEN and both have been plowed with about one-foot of snow at the Sno-Park, and the skiing is good. The entire trail system serviced from this Sno-Park has been groomed this week, and most all of the debris has been cleared from the trails.  The next grooming is scheduled for the regular schedule next week.

Randle / Packwood Sno-Parks – The grooming in the Randle / Packwood are is back to the normal weekly grooming schedule of Thursday and Friday for the trails systems on Skate Creek, Johnson Creek, and Orr Creek Sno-Parks, with occasional additional grooming as needed for heavy Snow Fall and/or local events.

  • The Johnson Creek Sno-Park is OPEN and the road is plowed up to the Sno-Park, with about 5-6 inches of snow at the Sno-Park.  The trails from this Sno-Park are scheduled to be groomed on 2/24/2012 this week, and there is about 5 or 6-inches of packed snow at the Sno-Park, 6 1/2-feet of snow on the trails at Potato Hill, and 8-feet of snow at Takalak Lake.
  • The Skate Creek Sno-Park is OPEN and the roads into and out of the Sno-Park are bare, and the snow doesn’t get good enough to ride until about 3-4 miles out of the Sno-Park. The trails from this Sno-Park were last groomed on 2/23/12, and the trails are scheduled to be groomed again next week on the normal schedule.
  • The Orr Creek Sno-Park is OPEN and the roads to the Sno-Park are plowed with a few inches of compacted snow on the road as you near the Sno-Park.  We will be grooming Orr Creek from the Johnson Creek Sno-Park, and the trails from this Sno-Park were last groomed on 2/24/2012.  Trails serviced from this Sno-Park will be groomed from the Johnson Creek Sno-Park next on the regular schedule of 3/212, and there is about 2 1/2-feet of packed snow at the Sno-Park, 6 1/2-feet of snow on the trails at Potato Hill, and 8-feet of snow at Takalak Lake. 
by Dr. Radut