A Different World
Many people are unaware of the hazards of winter travel. Harsh
conditions of wind, cold, snow, or whiteout can turn an outing into a tragedy.
Knowledge of the area, weather, route, and the limitations of your body and
equipment--plus a little common sense-- can insure a safe and enjoyable
Where To Go?
Most of the National Forest land is open for winter travel.
General recreation map and information is available at Forest Service
Winter Road Conditions
You will encounter a wide range of road conditions during the
winter months, including dry pavement, black ice, hard packed snow, ice, loose
snow, slush, and every combination. Roads to winter destinations may be plowed
periodically. However, road conditions may often be very difficult even after
plowing. The typical standard for higher elevation, unpaved roads are
single-lane with turnouts and a 2-inch cushion of snow/ice on the roadway to
protect the gravel surface. Be prepared! High-clearance vehicles with 4-wheel
drive and good mud/snow tires are best. Other vehicles, especially RV's, may
find the going very difficult at times. Be especially careful going downhill
when there is packed snow and ice! Some areas may be plowed to a higher
standard. Call your local Forest Service office if you have questions.
Share The Country
The National Forest is vast, but in some areas those traveling
by skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles must share the same routes and areas. Common
sense and courtesy will provide a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. The
following suggestions are for your benefit:
* Snowmobiles should operate at a minimum
speed near skiers or snowshoers. do not accelerate until well beyond those on
* Skiers and snowshoers should yield the track to oncoming or
overtaking snowmobilers, unless the track is wide enough for safe passage.
Snowmobiles are not usually permitted on developed ski areas. Ski touring and
snowshoeing may be restricted or regulated. Check with the local Ranger or ski