Early Spring Conditions on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Contact(s): KJ Pollock (801) 558-8016

Early Spring conditions on the Uinta
Wasatch-Cache National Forest

           SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 17, 2017 – As the weather warms and snow melts, recreationists are beginning to think about getting out on forest roads and trails.
            Dave Whittekiend, Forest Supervisor, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said “In the spring, road and trail surfaces become saturated with moisture and most often will not sustain the weight of motorized vehicles, bicycles and livestock.  Recreating on wet, muddy roads and trails can cause resource damage. It is essential that visitors minimize their impact on the land.”
             Forest users are responsible for knowing which roads and trails are open to motorized use.  Travel Plans and Motor Vehicle Use Maps, which show what roads and trails are open to motorized vehicles, are available at all Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offices.  More information is available on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache website at http://fs.usda.gov/uwcnf
              Before heading out, always check the weather forecast, and call ahead to ranger stations for current conditions.  Always pack the ten essentials; map, compass, flashlight, extra food and clothing, rain gear, first-aid kit, pocket knife, matches/fire starter and cell phone on a hike of any length, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.  Remember that in early spring many roads and trails are still under snow.  Some popular hikes may still have dangerous avalanche conditions this time of year.   For the most current information please contact the Ranger District Offices listed below:
Evanston/Mt. View Ranger Districts
(307) 789-3194 or (307) 782-6555            
Heber-Kamas Ranger District
(435) 654-0470 or (435) 783-4338
Logan Ranger District
(435) 755-3620
Ogden Ranger District
(801) 625-5112
Pleasant Grove Ranger District
(801) 785-3563
Salt Lake Ranger District
Public Lands Information Center

(801) 466-6411
Spanish Fork Ranger District
(801) 798-3571

BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!  Always stay alert on trails, know your limits for whatever form of recreation you choose to enjoy.  Respect the rights of other users and the national forest you are recreating on.