The Cloud Cap Road (#3512) will be closed to all visitors until further notice due to the numerous dead, standing hazard trees that line both sides of the road.
This closure applies not only to vehicle traffic, but also to foot, bicycle, and horse access. About 5,000 dead trees will need to be removed before the road can be used in a safe manner. The dead trees are beginning to fall now that several years have passed since the 2008 Gnarl Ridge Fire burned through the area.
The Forest Service is currently developing a hazard tree removal plan to remove trees within striking distance of the road. Because of the large number of trees, this will likely be done with heavy machinery and this may drive the need for environmental analysis and mitigations to ensure that natural resources are protected during operations.
Cloud Cap Inn Tours are cancelled this season due to the road closure. However, the Hood River Ranger District will present a lecture on the historic Cloud Cap Inn at the Hood River History Museum on Sundays starting July 14 at 2 p.m. The presentation will be included with the museum entrance fee.
If you would like more information call Janeen Tervo, District Ranger at 541-352-1201.