Wait to recreate

Late winter storms are affecting recreation opportunities in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest according to Forest Spokesperson Kathy Jo Pollock. “We would appreciate it if people could wait until roads and trails dry out,” said Pollock. “It’s extremely wet and muddy and the more moisture we get the worse the roads and trails will be. Individuals driving trucks, cars or ATVs can rut those roads and trails. So we’re asking the public to please hold off until those roads and trails dry out.” Because of the late winter snow some of these roads still can’t be reached. “Correct, there are still people out there snowmobiling right now,” said Pollock. “We’re asking for everybody to try to be patient with the weather until things dry out.” Pollock said normally things don’t open up at the lower elevations until the middle of May or later. “We can be quite sure with the weather we’re getting this week and possibly next week that even the lower elevation roads and trails and areas are going to be wet, they’ll be muddy, and then into the higher elevations there will be snow. We advise waiting at least a couple of weeks to even to start planning to go recreating on the roads and trails.” Pollock said once conditions improve, before heading out it’s important to let someone know where you plan to travel. “Also, let them know when you plan to return,” she said. “Take a cell phone if you have it – you never know – it could work up in the mountains. Make sure you have a first aid kit, rain gear, extra food and matches and always be prepared for the weather to change.” Pollock said the Logan phone number to call for the latest updates regarding area roads, trails, picnic facilities and campgrounds is 435-755-3620.

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