What’s going on at Ahtanum State Forest this weekend?

Washington Incident Management teams set up camp in Ahtnaum State Forest during the Diamond Butte Fire. Photo: Sarah Foster, DNR

Ahtanum State Forest, west of Yakima, is a beautiful recreation playground attracting campers, hikers, equestrian folks, and ORV enthusiasts across the state. Fire suppression efforts and timber harvesting activities forced the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to close many of its recreation facilities in the forest; however, this weekend, all of the recreation sites will be open.

Follow this guide closely — some sites will only be open for a limited time.

Ahtanum Meadows and Ahtanum Campground – We are happy to report that these campgrounds will be open Thursday, August 30, at 5 p.m. These campsites were closed to host the Washington Incident Management Team as they worked to control the Diamond Butte Fire. Thanks to the efforts of fire crews, the fire is now 100 percent contained.

Tree Phones Campground and White Ridge Trailhead – The Middle Fork Road will remain closed during the work week; however, it will open to the public on Friday, August 31, at 6 p.m. and will close Sunday at 8 p.m. These sites will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. 

Snow Cabin Campground – After being closed all summer, Snow Cabin Campground will re-open on Thursday, August 30, at 5 p.m. This popular campground was closed this summer due to winter storm damage. DNR hired a crew to remove fallen logs and clean up the site. It will stay open through the rest of the camping season.

Check before you go:

Our recreation page lists all the openings and closures for DNR sites. Make sure you check before you head out on your next adventure.

While campfires will be allowed in designated fire pits, please be sure to be fire safe when you camp this weekend.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget your Discover Pass as you head out the door this holiday weekend. Your Discover Pass is your vehicle access pass to millions of acres of state-managed recreation lands.

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