Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Yacolt forest roads getting pavement fix

HOCKINSON — Two main roads through the Yacolt Burn State Forest will be reduced to a single lane or have short closures beginning Tuesday.

The state Department of Natural Resources will be doing pavement repair on roads L-1000 and L-1400 from mid-May through Aug. 31.

At times, the roads will have one lane open with flaggers directing traffic. Complete closures will be no longer than 30 minutes.

Access to Rock Creek and Cold Creek recreation sites, plus the Bells Mountain and Tarbell trails, will be affected. Traffic to Larch Correctional Center will be delayed.

For more information, call Jim Shank at 360-901-2703 or jim.shank@dnr.wa.gov.

Johnston Ridge opens for season on Sunday

TOUTLE — Johnston Ridge Observatory will open for the season on Sunday and admission will be free on May 18, the 32nd anniversary of the 1980 eruption.

Tom Mulder, manager of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, said there are new displays, films and programs. The observatory will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On May 18, there will be a barbecue lunch in the observatory parking lot to raise money for the Mount St. Helens Institute.

At 1 p.m., a walking tour of the refurbished Coldwater Center is scheduled. The center is now called the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.

The Forest Service is looking for partners interested in locating at the center, Mulder said.

A second tour of Coldwater is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. and a guided hike on the Hummocks trail along the North Fork of the Toutle River is planned at 3 p.m.

Restoration starts at La Wis Wis Guard Station

PACKWOOD — Restoration has begun at La Wis Wis Guard Station, built in 1937 at the north end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Volunteers from the Forest Service’s Passport in Time program along with Forest Service specialists are replacing the roof with new cedar shingles. The building eventually will be lifted off its foundation for additional repairs.

The work is anticipate to take three years.

The station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal work relief program created by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The station was built along with La Wis Wis campground, seven miles east of Packwood on the White Pass Highway.

Forest Service personnel used the guard station until 1993. The agency is considering adding La Wis Wis Guard Station to the recreational rental program as a way of generating money for maintenance.

The site is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday. It will be open again June 11-15.

La Wis Wis campground opens on Memorial Day weekend for the summer.

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