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Some Washington state parks open for outdoor recreation

Select Washington State Parks and public lands reopened May 5 for dispersed outdoor recreation.

Visitors and Washington State residents continue to be encouraged to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation close to home while the “stay-home” order is still in effect through May 31.

The following is a summary of what’s open vs. what’s temporarily closed. Everyone is encouraged to follow the CDC recommended guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing. Campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms remain closed.

OPEN FOR DAY USE ONLY

  • Ashford County park walking trail

  • Boat launches for fishing at Alder and Mineral Lakes

  • Federation Forest State Park

  • Mount Tahoma Trails open for day use, huts remain closed.

  • Pack Forest trails will reopen to hikers starting on May 5. The gates are open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Limited parking is available in the lot by the administration building and the Arboretum lot until 2:30 pm. All vehicles still in that lot after 2:30 pm will be towed at the owner’s expense. If you arrive and find no parking spaces available the trails are at capacity.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

  • Crystal Mountain Resort

  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest

  • Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

  • Mt. Rainier National Park

  • Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

  • Mud Mountain Recreation Area

  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

  • Pioneer Farm & Ohop Indian Village

  • Thunder Dome Car Museum

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • The Washington Trails Association published a helpful guide with suggestions for new hiking etiquette during COVID-19.

  • REI created a helpful list with tips on how to stay healthy, safe, and recreate responsibly.

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