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Much of Gifford Pinchot forest still under snow

first_imgWILLARD — The raven perched on the corner of a picnic table in Forlorn Lakes campground appeared to be waiting — patiently — for a food tidbit.The bird won’t have to wait much longer.The campground in the Mount Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is free of snow and its access road will finish melting out any day now.It’ll be a short summer this year in the high country as the effects of a late winter and cool spring linger, with snow blocking some roads at elevations as low at 3,500 feet.On Sunday, Clark County resident Bill Kelley was trying his luck for trout at nearby Goose Lake.“I think this is the first weekend it’s been accessible,” Kelley said. “I haven’t had much of a salmon season so I thought I’d come here and fish.”Goose Lake is accessible via roads Nos. 60 and 66 from the south and east sides, but road No. 60 coming east from Carson across the crest of the Cascades south of Red Mountain remains blocked with snow.last_img read more