As of September 26th, the official word about the Swampy Lakes closure from the USFS is: “They are still logging in the (Swampy Lakes) area, but are for the most part away from the trail so it is open. The 222 road is closed while they are hauling out of the upper section.”
The Swampy Lakes Loop is not often ridden as an actual loop – but does allow for a short high country loop if you desire that. Typically people are parking at Swampy Sno-park and heading toward Swampy Shelter and then on down to town via Southfork, Tumalo Ridge or Sector 16.
A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the Swampy Sno-Park. During the winter months between November 1 and April 30 you’ll need a Sno-Park permit to park at any of the designated Sno-Parks — including Swampy.
The shelter at Swampy will be replaced in the near future a some of the trails near the shelter are in the process of being re-routed for various reasons. We’ll post updates as they become available.