Photos: Spirit Lake Memorial Highway Now Open


Warmer spring temperatures mean that the gates to the upper level of state Route 504, also known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, are now open.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), in close coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, reopened the gates past Coldwater Lake (milepost 45) and the Hummocks Trail on Tuesday, giving visitors better access to the mountain’s breathtaking scenery and spectacular crater views.

“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to reopen the highway each year,” said WSDOT Highway Maintenance Worker Kent Palmer. “We plowed a lot of snow and cleared a lot of debris so the gates can open this week.”

Check the Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s website for a current list of open recreation sites.

Travelers can get real-time travel information by downloading the WSDOT mobile app and by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts web page.