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Weekly Recreation Report

All campgrounds on Mt. Adams Ranger District now open and in service

Mount Adams/Wind River Weekly Recreational Report was last updated on July 24.

Hiking

Trapper Creek Wilderness is now snow free and all main trails are being cleared or have been.

A favorite hikes is the Observation, Big Hollow, Dry Creek Loop. This is a 15-mile hike which offers a wide range of habitat, plus some wonderful views.

Camping

All the campgrounds on the district are open and in full service.

Many of the more developed campgrounds require a camping fee, some are run through the Concessionary Program, others require a Northwest Forest Pass and some remain free of charge.

Wildflowers

Lookout Mountain and Silver Star areas are the prime wildflowers spots now, and should last for another couple weeks. Although most spring flowers are gone, the summer ones are in full bloom; but because of the heat and drying, they won't last long.

Edibles

A check of several huckleberry fields last weekend revealed what looks to be an average crop set.

The late spring has slowed down the bloom in most fields, so the prime picking will be about two to three weeks later than normal.

If the berries ripen too quickly, they are going to be small and not sweet, and there may be some berry loss if the hot weather continues much longer.

Wildlife

As the forest continues to grow up and fill in, wildlife viewing will become more difficult as there will be fewer open areas to attract the animals.

For the better wildlife viewing spots, locate the most recent clearcut areas and check it out in early mornings or late evenings.

Safety

Because of the hot weather, people need to be alert for signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, as both conditions can be life-threatening to humans and pets.

No one would think about leaving a small child in a vehicle in hot weather, but people do leave their pets without thinking about their safety.

If you find yourself or someone else suffering from heat stroke or exhaustion, quickly get medical help.

Special Note

Just a reminder that many places on the forest require the Northwest Forest Pass.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's Stewardship Access decal is not good at any Forest Service site and will not be honored.

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