Trail update with Chris Sabo

Published Oct 2, 2013 at 05:00AM

Trails

Most restroom facilities at day-use trailheads and boat ramps will be locked during the government shutdown. Some of the mid- to higher-elevation trails above 5,000 feet are currently blocked by snow, including the South Sister Climbers Trail. Users may still access these trails but need to be prepared for variable conditions. The Northwest Forest Pass is no longer required on the trails during the fall/winter period. Tree blowdown has been affecting some trails and roads. Users should plan ahead and be prepared for fluctuating conditions. The Pole Creek Trailhead access road is no longer accessible due to washout.

Road update

The Newberry Crater area is currently open, but some of its facilities are closing. The Paulina Peak road has closed for the season due to snow. Road 370 near Todd Lake remains open but will close if enough snow accumulates.

Hunting season update

The general hunting season has begun with schedules available at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/seasons.asp. Hunters should wear bright colors and always be aware of what is in front of and behind their targets.

LEASH REGULATIONS

Dog leash requirements remain optional for high-use areas including South Sister Climbers Trail, Moraine Lake, Todd Lake and the Deschutes River corridor trails until May. Users are still urged to pack a leash for dogs that may be disruptive to stock or other users.