The Mount Adams Ranger District reported the following information for the period beginning June 26.
For a great hike or mountain bike ride this time of year, try the Siouxon trail off road 57. This is an easy trail along Siouxon Creek, which offers some great waterfall viewing, day hikes and camping opportunities.
Now that the snow has melted and the 54 road is open, this area is easily accessible from the Wind River area.
For a nice day trip, take the 41/42 road loop. From the Wind River Work Center take 43 road west to road 41 and follow
it to Sunset campground. From this campground take road 42 east back to Stabler.
This drive offers some outstanding views of the volcanic peaks of the Cascades and wildflowers also grow abundantly along the route. For wildlife viewing opportunities, early mornings or late evenings are the best times.
The new water system is completed in Beaver campground, which is now open for camping. This is just the beginning of a series of upgrades for this campground that will be done in the next few years.
Trout fishing is still good at many lakes on the forest. Goose Lake is producing good catches and should continue until around the middle of July. Swift Creek Reservoir is another spot that is very productive until it closes in October.
Sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville pool remains open, and until the quota has been reached you can keep sturgeon caught. As soon as the quota is filled, you will be required to release all fish until next January.
Remember, when out on the forest, keep your dog on a leash and under full control at all times. This is a very critical time of year for young wildlife, especially deer and elk, and dogs running loose destroy many young animals.
Wildflowers are in bloom throughout the district and now is a great time to get out and enjoy these forest treasures. One nice spot few ever visit is the Lookout Mountain area on road 41. This area offers some outstanding views and a large variety of blooming flowers, which will last for several more weeks.
Mosquitoes are out now as the first hatch has occurred on the district. Any location close to a pond, lake or slow-moving stream will have a supply of these blood-sucking insects.
There is not much you can do to avoid them, as they come looking for you. Repellents are the best prevention, but some folks, especially small children, can be sensitive to them, so be careful when using one of these products.
If you plan on hiking, camping or are just out and about, you can reduce the mosquito problem by picking the right spot. Look for places away from water, ridge tops and an area where there is a steady breeze.