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Safety improvements coming to SR 14 near Dog Mountain trailhead

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 14:12

Bart Treece, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058
               Stan Hinatsu, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, 541-308-1708

Parking prohibited along roadway near start of trail; violators could be cited and towed

DOG MOUNTAIN – Hikers looking to enjoy the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will need to plan in advance for their trips along a popular trail.

Beginning Friday, May 29, new temporary signs will restrict parking along State Route 14 around the Dog Mountain trailhead near milepost 53. Drivers ignoring the signs could find their vehicles have been ticketed and towed.

“By keeping vehicles from parking on the narrow shoulders of the road, we’ll improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Traffic Engineer Chad Hancock. “First responders will also have better access to the trailhead if they’re called in for an emergency.”

The signs are a part of a safety strategy coordinated with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, WSDOT and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the agency that maintains the trail.

The Forest Service also reminds hikers to be prepared before taking on this difficult trail by knowing one’s ability, hiking in pairs, carrying the 10 essentials and to always “recreate with respect” by treading lightly.

On busy weekends, rangers from the Forest Service will help direct drivers at the adjacent trailhead parking lot to keep traffic moving safely. Hikers are encouraged to carpool or take transit and arrive early.

Permanent signs will be installed after design details are finalized with local agency partners.

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