Featured photo: Playing in mountain snowfall Cascade Lakes Highway to close for the winter

From left, Spencer Egbert, Hannah Perry and Katie Rooks, all of Bend, take their dogs for one last outing to Todd Lake before the Cascade Lakes Hwy closes for the season Thursday morning. 

In a sure sign of winter, the Deschutes County Road Department plans to close Cascade Lakes Highway and Paulina Lake Road for the season Thursday.

The Cascade Lakes Highway will close west of Mount Bachelor between the snow gates at Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge, at the intersection of Forest Road 4270, according to the road department.

Areas beyond the gates, such as Elk Lake Resort, can be reached by snowshoe, snowmobile or similar methods.

Paulina Lake Road will be closed at the 10-Mile Sno-park gate, restricting access to Paulina and East lakes.

Both road usually reopen by Memorial Day, weather permitting.

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