SUSANVILLE, Calif., December 13, 2016 – In anticipation of a wet winter, snowmobile and ski routes in Lassen National Forest will be off-limits to wheeled vehicles from December 26, 2016 through March 31, 2017.
These restrictions are designed to ensure visitor safety and to protect natural resources. Precipitation can soften the ground and roadbeds, increasing the chance of wheeled vehicles getting stuck and causing resource damage. The ruts left by wheeled vehicles in the snow can also create hazardous conditions for snowmobilers and skiers.
Particularly on groomed snowmobile trails, the surface can resemble a road and appear passable. However, if the ground thaws slightly or if a vehicle travels off the groomed section, that vehicle can become stuck.
“We want to ensure the public’s safety and enjoyment of winter activities on the Forest,” said Lassen National Forest Supervisor Dave Hays.