Respect for groomed routes urged

— Forest Service crews are reporting finding road damage from forest recreationists driving on groomed snowmobile routes and around road barricades.

Although signs of spring are appearing in lower elevation areas, there is still snow in the high country and roads remain closed to motor vehicle use.

Forest officials are urging drivers not to drive on groomed snowmobile routes or on roads that are not officially open to four-wheeled vehicles because they can cause road damage.

“We are seeing areas where motorists are driving around barricades, over berms, past road closed signs and over groomed snowmobile routes in order to access higher elevation regions of the forest,” Forest Engineer Jason Peterson said. “This is especially prevalent in the Table Mountain area northeast of Cle Elum. Roads may appear stable on the surface but the subgrade may be in various stages of thaw and vulnerable to lasting damage.”


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