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Volcano climbing, Gifford Pinchot recreation closed down

Volcano climbing, Gifford Pinchot recreation closed down

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Mount St. Helens

In this 2015 Daily News file photo, members of the Mount St. Helens Institute guided hike head up the trail for the climb to their destination at the lip of the crater.

Want to climb Mount St. Helens this spring? Forget about it, at least through April.

All Gifford Pinchot National Forest campgrounds, day-use sites, trailheads, Sno-Parks, cabin rentals and other developed recreation sites will be temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Some roads leading to heavily used dispersed camping areas have also closed. They include Forest Service roads 81, 83, and 90 with limited exceptions for local residents, fire and other emergency response, and permit holders, according to a Gifford Pinchot press release.

Campsites and cabin rentals will not be able to be reserved through Recreation.gov. The forest has ceased sales of permits to climb Mount St. Helens on Recreation.gov for dates through the end of April, and permits already sold for climbs to take place through April 6 have been canceled and their permit fees refunded.

Reservation and permit holders will be notified by email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Refunds will be issued by Recreation.gov for canceled reservations and permits.

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