Spring weather continues
Snow levels are between 4,400 and 5,300 feet, but will continue to recede with the warmer weather. Melting snow is three to five weeks ahead of schedule.
Road closures lifted
Road closures on Cascade Lakes Highway have been lifted, but please avoid these roads until they are completely dried out to prevent road damage.
ELK LAKE RESORT CLOSING SOON
The Elk Lake Resort will be closing on Sunday but will reopen on May 24. Snow in the area is between 4 to 5 feet with soft, springlike conditions.
A majority of the winter trails and sno-parks in the Deschutes National Forest are done for the season including Upper Three Creeks, 10-Mile, Crescent Lake/Junction and Skyliner. The road up to Tumalo Falls is about 50 percent dry and still closed until the parking lot is completely dry.
Hikers will encounter 8-10 inches at various spots. If conditions continue, the road to the falls will open later this month. Virginia Meissner Sno-park has fair conditions with bare spots and the grooming is done for the season. Wanoga Snoplay has fair conditions with crusty snow in the morning and softer snow in the afternoon. The Wanoga snowmobile area is still in fair but bumpy condition.
Elk Lake South is not accessible for snowmobile users on trail No. 5 because of plowing. Swampy Lakes, Vista Butte and Edison sno-parks are looking bleak but have better conditions at mid to higher elevations. Dutchman Flat has 6-7 feet with fair to good spring conditions.
summer trails looking great
Deschutes River, Phil’s and Horse Butte are dried out while Metolius River is slightly muddy. It is recommended that users avoid damp conditions to prevent trail damage.