Central Oregon trail update

Published Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06AM

The snow line continues to climb along with area temperatures.

There is potential for higher-elevation winter trails to receive some precipitation, but lower elevations such as Virginia Meissner Sno-park are likely done for the winter.

Conditions at Wanoga Snoplay Area are marginal, and access to winter trails is limited mainly to Dutchman, Vista Butte and Swampy Lakes.

Summer trails in the Deschutes National Forest continue to dry out and improve, and users may encounter trails seeing moderate to heavy use. Volunteer crews will be heading out to clear trails of blowdown as the snow line recedes.

A successful controlled burn in the Phil’s Trail area required the temporary closure of Marvin’s Garden Trail, which should be completely reopened in time for the weekend. The burn will improve future vegetation, wildlife habitat and fireproofing in the area. Future controlled burns are planned for trail systems in the area.

A Heart of Oregon Corps crew will thin small-diameter trees in several units for the West Bend Project. Forest users may see crews working and hear chainsaws running as they move through the area weekdays through June, but that shouldn’t result in trail closures.

The Phil’s Trail system is snow-free on lower trails, with increasing snow above 4,700 feet. Users should expect and avoid muddy trails.

Tumalo Falls Trailhead is now open to motor vehicle traffic for the season, but the path just above the parking area is still blocked by snow.

Deschutes River Trail and its trailheads are snow-free and in fair to good condition from the Bend area to Benham Falls and on to Sunriver, but some downed trees have been reported.

As at Phil’s and other summer trails still drying out from winter, hikers and riders should avoid muddy trails.

Metolius River trails are snow-free and in fair to good condition.

Starting Monday, youth crews will be continuing with trail improvements and riparian restoration projects.

Peterson Ridge trails are in fair to good condition, but blowdown has been reported on some of its trails. Expect snow above 5,000 feet.