Nordic Skiing at Horseshoe Prairie on the Walla Walla Ranger District
Forest Plan Revision - Information online!
The Umatilla National Forest, located in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, covers 1.4 million acres of diverse landscapes and plant communities. The Forest has some mountainous terrain, but most of the Forest consists of v-shaped valleys separated by narrow ridges or plateaus. The landscape also includes heavily timbered slopes, grassland ridges and benches, and bold basalt outcroppings. Elevations range from 1,600 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Changes in weather are common, but summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings. Cold, snowy winters and mild temperatures during spring and fall can be expected. More about the Forest...
Forest Conditions: Know before you go!
Winter is a great time to enjoy recreating on your national forest. From skiing to snowmobiling, always be prepared for changing winter weather conditions. Many forest roads on the Umatilla National Forest close Dec. 1-March 30 to allow for over-snow winter recreation activities; please consult your motorized recreation use maps for more information. The condition of those forest roads that remain open to travel during the winter/spring months can change dramatically and without warning; wind, snow and rain events can substantially effect road conditions causing hazards and obstructions to travel. Also, GPS navigation systems can be unreliable when calculating back-country or mountain travel so always call first to ensure your route is open and accessible. For information on current forest road conditions, please contact your local Ranger District office before heading out. Know before you go - Winter Travel Tips.
Spout Springs Ski Area
Spout Springs Ski Area has announced on their website they will be closed this season. We have a shared concern for public safety and seek to maintain a balance of parking available for different types of winter recreation. The Forest Service is working to resolve parking area management plan issues with the ski area owner and hope an agreement can be reached soon.
In the meantime, the Spout Springs Sno-Park remains open to the general public for winter recreation parking as it has been in the past. A State Sno-Park permit is required. While Spout Springs Ski Area may be closed, both Bluewood and Anthony Lakes Ski Areas are operating within a few hours driving distance.