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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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.