Please be aware that Forest Service roads of Mt. Hood National Forest are generally impassable due to large accumulations of snow during the winter. Forest roads are not plowed during the winter. At the present time, we are in a transition period where some roads have become accessible, but many roads are still impassable. Please contact local offices of Mt. Hood National Forest for up-to-date 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.
Fire crews will be burning piles of debris and other woody materials today starting in the area near the 5712 Road at 11 AM today, Tuesday 29 October, 2013. Fire crews will be near the road and flame and smoke may be visible. Pile burning is an important part of our fire management for the Mt. Hood National Forest. Through gathering some of the woody debris and burning them in a controlled manner, we can decrease the chance of large fires that pose great risk to human health and property.