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.
Celebrate completion of U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project – Friday, Oct. 28
After three years, 51,000 pounds of explosives, 317,804 cubic yards of excavation and thousands of truck trips, the U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project is complete.
ODOT and K&E Excavating would like to thank you for your patience during construction of this safety project. Join us from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 28 at the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum to celebrate the completion of the U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety project. More details about the event will be available in the coming weeks.
Mt. Hood National Forest -- Road 5710 will have intermittent road closures from October 24 - November 4, 2016. This area is above Ripplebrook Guard Station in the Oak Grove Fork drainage of the Clackamas River on the Clackamas River Ranger District. Signs will be in place to notify public of the road closure.
The intermittent closures are due to logging activity on the road, especially near the 5710-120 junction. This portion of the road is very narrow and steep on both sides.
Alternate route: Road 4640-160 will allow the public to drive above that point on Road 5710, and is open at this time.
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.