Cloud Cap Road, Forest Road 3512, was officially scheduled to open Friday morning at 7. The road has been closed the past two summers due to trees killed during the 2008 Gnarl Ridge fire that finally began toppling over.
The work that has gone on for the past year and a half felling and hauling over 5,000 hazard trees from the road prism was scheduled for completion on Friday, allowing visitors the ability to access popular destinations, such as the historic Cloud Cap Inn, once more.
With Cloud Cap Road open, tours of Cloud Cap Inn will start up again Sunday, Aug. 23, and will continue into September. Several recreational sites that were closed due to the road closure will also open Friday. The Cooper Spur and Cloud Cap Saddle trails will be accessible from the Cloud Cap –Tilly Jane Trailhead and the popular campgrounds Tilly Jane and Cloud Cap Saddle will open for reservations.
Chris Bentley, public affairs specialist for the Mt. Hood National Forest, said the U.S. Forest Service is still evaluating whether to add tours on Saturday in addition to the typical Sunday tours to account for demand. Ron Kikel, information assistant with the Hood River Ranger District who gives the tours, noted that they already were booked through the end of August and not many tour spots remained. Tours run at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., last 45 minutes to an hour, and are limited to 12 people. Reservations are required.
For more information regarding the Cloud Cap Road and tours of Cloud Cap Inn, please call the Hood River Ranger District Office at 541-352-6002 or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/mthood.