Winter winds can make recreation hazardous

storm damage
Use caution as the forest can be a hazardous place on windy days.
Photo by: DNR/Christine Redmond

Washington’s typical winter weather is finally upon us, and with it comes rain, wind, snow, and storms.

Use extra caution
This wild weather may inspire you to strap on your raincoat and hit the forest for a hike or recreation adventure, but DNR staff would like you to use caution and stay safe.

With winter storms rolling through our state, please be careful out in the forest during high winds. Windy weather can be very dangerous to recreationists in the woods when trees, limbs, and other debris fall.

Report hazards
If you come across windfall blocking roads or trails, please contact our region offices listed below to inform them so we can get folks out as quickly as possible to remedy the situation.

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Email Phone
Northeast (509)
Northwest (360)
Olympic (360)
Pacific Cascade (360)
South Puget Sound (360)
Southeast (509)

Also, many DNR-managed recreation sites close or become day-use only during winter months. Check to see what’s open and closed on our website before planning your trip.

Sno-Park adventures
Learn what you need to know before you go to ensure you are prepared for winter snow fun at one of Washington’s Sno-Parks.

Remember to grab your Discover Pass to access state-managed recreation lands year-round.

Report any illegal activity to DNR’s Forest Watch program at 1-855-883-8368 or

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