The Forest Service maintains many roads to make it easier for you to access the wonderful recreational opportunities here around Mt. Hood.
Summer is the time in which much of our road maintenance work gets done. Factors such as fires, fallen trees, construction, and wildlife can force road closures in popular areas. Visit our Roads Table frequently for the most up-to-date information about road closures and conditions, and please be sure to confirm with your local district office.
Around-the-clock work starts Monday between OR 35 and east of Rhododendron
Crews working on the U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project will start working around-the-clock starting MONDAY, 9/19 to finish paving for the three-year safety project. Travelers could encounter daytime delays of up to 60 minutes along an 8-mile stretch of U.S. 26 between east of Rhododendron and Oregon Highway 35.
Paving will take place during daytime and nighttime hours, seven days a week to finish the paving before October. During paving work, travelers will encounter traffic stops & escorts by pilot cars. Other daytime work will include crews working in the center of U.S. 26 for a nearly two-mile stretch west of Government Camp. As weather allowed, paving crews have worked 7nights a week since early September.
ANNOUNCEMENT: All Mt. Hood National Forest offices and Visitor Centers will be CLOSED on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 so that employees can participate in a forest-wide meeting. This includes the following offices:
Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters (Sandy, OR)
Barlow Ranger District (Dufur, OR)
Clackamas River Ranger District (Estacada, OR)
Hood River Ranger District (Parkdale, OR)
Zigzag Ranger District (Zigzag, OR)
Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, September 29, 2016.
Forest Service roads 1610, 1611, & 1612 on the Hood River Ranger District will be closed to public travel during midweek periods until October 31, 2016. These roads will be open on weekends and holidays. Major road reconstruction work will be improving the condition of these roads for future public usage. Thank you for your patience; we advise you to use Road 16 instead.
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.
UPDATE, 09/2016: During the month of August, K&E Excavating will wrap up the retaining wall. Beginning 9/19, around-the-clock paving work begins between OR 35 and east of Rhododendron. Expect up to 60-minute delays.