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First Day; Great Day

January 6, 2016

We had another great First Day Hike out here at ol’ Cottonwood with around 25 folks braving the cold and ice. There were familiar faces to catch up with and new faces to meet. It was great to show off some of the improvements we made last year–like Cottonwood plantings, new all accessible gravel trails and an expansion of the interpretive displays.

Thanks to the volunteers and staff who made these happen.

If you missed the hike there is always next year. . . And we are always open. The largely snow free trails are screaming “Hike don’t ski”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Dicken permalink
    November 6, 2017 5:07 am

    Greetings. I’ve been trying to gather information about road conditions getting in to the park in January. If there is snow and ice, will the roads be graveled or otherwise maintained in January? I tried to contact the Wasco County road department to ask them, but unfortunately they failed to give any reply. Please advise if someone can answer this question.

    Thanks in advance for any help I can get.

    • rangerevan permalink*
      November 8, 2017 12:28 am

      Hello! December and January are usually our coldest months. Average highs frequently range in the low 30’s. It is not uncommon for roads to be icy, however snow is less of an issue. Historically, the county road department has graveled the highway going into and out of the park canyon. Local roads are not maintained by Oregon State Parks, so you would need to get in touch with the local road departments or the Oregon Department of Transportation for exact information.

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