Some recreational activities are opening up just in time for Oregonians to enjoy the weekend. Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest is reopening some of its trails on Friday, May 29, after two months of day-use and trailhead closure. So grab those hiking boots and head on out for some fresh air and sunshine!
As the lift date for Oregon's stay at home order approaches, recreational opportunities are starting to emerge.
According to a news release reported by KGW8, Mount Hood National Forest supervisor, Richard Periman, said that even though openings are occurring, safety is still a top priority.
"We are looking forward to reopening many previously closed areas on the forest while prioritizing the health and safety of the public and employees. We're asking the public to be prepared, be respectful of others, and recreate responsibly."
Mount Hood National Forest is known for its seasonal skiing, hiking, camping, and historical sites. As the weather starts to heat up, it's the perfect time to head out for fresh air.
Nearly every trailhead, picnic area, hiking trail, and boat ramp will be opening for business starting on Friday.
If you're looking to go camping, however, there are still some restrictions, with talk about lifting those as the staff builds a solid reopening plan.
Most of the campgrounds will remain closed, but as staff gets them ready for availability, they will have to be reserved in advance.
Other Oregon national forests have begun opening in a phased fashion, including Willamette and Deschutes national forests located in the Cascade Mountains, which is about an hour and a half from the city of Portland.
And as always, scout's motto, be prepared.
According to Oregon Live, some of the facilities will not be maintained daily, including vault toilets, and are asking Mount Hood visitors to "be prepared to provide for their own sanitation and be as self-contained as possible."
We strongly advise that before you visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.