Summer is the time in which much of our road maintenance work gets done. Additionally, fires frequently force road closures in popular areas. Please visit our Roads Table frequently for the most up-to-date information about road conditions.
The Forest Service maintains many roads to make it easier for you to access the wonderful recreational opportunities here around Mt. Hood. Scroll through the list of roads in our Roads Table, and find out about road closures and other conditions.
Many areas of Mt. Hood National Forest received snow down to the 1500 foot elevation making many forest roads difficult to navigate. The public should check with local Forest Service offices or forest website before embarking upon any excursion to the woods. Many areas are become impassable or hazardous due to the presence of snow. Snow is not plowed on national forest roads and forest roads are not maintained for winter travel. Navigation gps systems directing use of national forest roads do not consider that roads are or can be closed by snow. Motorists should be prepared.
The Cloud Cap Road, Rd 3512, which is used to access Cloud Cap Inn and other popular trails and campgrounds, is now closed due to ice and snow on the road. Even vehicles with high clearance and four wheel drive have gotten stuck due to recent storms. Please view our Roads Table for updates.
Beginning July 7, 2014 the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin the US 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project. As a part of this project the Tamarack and Laurel Hill quarries, including NFSR 26955 will be closed for public safety due to increased truck traffic in the area. No trail or other recreational facilities will be impacted by the project and the work will be contained to the quarry areas. Please visit our forest orders page for more details and maps of the areas.
NFSR 57 is now open to the public with caution.Safety cones are in place along the route between the junction of Forest Roads 57/58 and 57/5810 (where the pavement starts just before Timothy Lake). Last year Fiber Optic cable was buried parallel to the road on the fill slope. Unfortunately this caused portions of the fill slope to become soft in some areas. Because of this damage to the fill slope of the road we closed it for the winter season for safety and health of all travelers along this route. The cones are in areas of most concern. These areas are very narrow and cannot accommodate two vehicles passing each other along the route. PGE also has dump trucks and heavy equipment driving along this route frequently. We are hopeful this section of road will be repaired this summer, so please drive with caution and remember also that during the summer months, this route will have poor visibility at times due to dust clouds created by vehicular traffic.