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Hiker Headlines: Sno-Park Permits, Park Responsibly, Safe Streets, Prescribed Burn

Posted by cwakenshaw at Oct 07, 2021 12:27 PM |

Sno-park fees will increase this winter. If you’re heading out to find some fall foliage, remember to park responsibly at trailheads. Learn more about plans to improve active transportation across the state and provide your own feedback. And a prescribed burn is scheduled near Mount Adams today and tomorrow.

It’s October 7. Sno-park fees will increase this winter. If you’re heading out to find some fall foliage, remember to park responsibly at trailheads. Learn more about plans to improve active transportation across the state and provide your own feedback. And a prescribed burn is scheduled near Mount Adams today and tomorrow. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.

 A snow grooming machine driving through the snow.
A grooming machine at Pinegrass Ridge sno-park. The price of sno-park permits will increase this winter. Photo by Birdman. 

Sno-park permit fee increase: Washington’s sno-parks are plowed parking areas that offer winter recreation opportunities. A sno-park permit is required to park at these areas starting November 1, and the fees will increase this year for the first time since 2009. A Day permit will go from $20 to $25, while an annual pass will go from $40 to $50. With the addition of new parks last year, increased usership and the cost of snow equipment, these updated fees reflect the increased cost of maintenance.  

Park responsibly: Fall colors are popping right now and hikers are heading out to see the fiery foliage. Certain trailheads can become quite crowded, especially on the weekend. Remember to park like a pro at trailheads. If possible, head out during the weekday, get an early start and have a backup plan ready. If trailhead parking is full and you can’t park safely or responsibly, it’s time to try a different hike.

Sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes: Let the Washington State Department of Transportation know what you think about the active transportation infrastructure in Washington. They are in the process of finalizing a plan to address gaps in sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and other active transportation needs. Learn more about the plan and submit your comments by October 29.

Prescribed burn scheduled near Mount Adams: The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be conducting a prescribed burn on October 7 and 8 on the south side of Mount Adams. Smoke will be visible near the town of Trout Lake, and Forest Roads 8000, 8020, 8225 and 8040 may be temporarily closed as part of the operations.


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