A trail closure and detour on the Pacific Crest Trail in South Fork Agnes Creek, will go into effect Saturday July 25, 2015. The trail will be closed on the south end at Suiattle Pass, at the junction of the PCT # 2000 and Hart/Lyman Trail # 1256 and on the north end at Five Mile Camp, near the junction of the PCT # 2000 and the West Fork of Agnes Creek Trail # 1272. A detour will be implemented rerouting hikers around Holden Village to the Stehekin Valley drainage. View detour map. Suiattle Pass to Stehekin Bridge is 29 miles; Stehekin Bridge to High Bridge is 6 miles via Stehekin Road (bus service available). Trail closures associated with the Wolverine Fire have been lifted.
Due to extreme fire hazard conditions, campfires are not allowed anywhere on the entire national forest, including wilderness areas. The ranger districts closed to campfires are the Cle Elum, Wenatchee River, Entiat, Chelan, Naches, Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or briquette fire is prohibited. Details here: Campfire Restrictions
Effective Friday, July 3, 2015, IFPL Zone 680 will be elevated to an IFPL 3 prohibiting woodcutting activity within the zone. Early this week on 6-29-15 Zone 675 elevated to an IFPL 3. With this change, woodcutting will be prohibited across the Naches Ranger District due to very high fire danger. Woodcutting season is normally open through October 4, 2015, but chainsaw use is subject to the restrictions set by the IFPL and fire danger.
Chiwaukum Creek Trailhead, Hatchery Creek Trail #1577, Hatchery Creek Trailhead, Tumwater Campground, Tumwater Picnic Area
Date(s): Jun 10, 2015 - Dec 31, 2027
Tumwater Campground is closed until further notice. This closure also affects Hatchery Creek Road and dispersed camping areas in the Chiwaukum Trailhead area.
The Chiwaukum Fire in 2014 burned many acres and vegetation that normally can hold water and soil. Because the Tumwater Campground and Chiwaukum dispersed camping sites (and area near the settling ponds) is located on or near an alluvial fan, these areas are subject to flash flooding and debris flows AT ANY TIME. We monitor these areas and when conditions improve, the areas will reopen, but it may not be until 2016.
Please respect these closures, they are to protect you from harm.
The Crow Lake Way Trailhead, horse camp, and area trails have significant damage due to heavy amounts of rain water and spring run-off entering the area from the mountains above. This past winter and spring saw heavy rain and melting snow flowing down the hillsides after being diverted from log and debris “jams”. The water was diverted into the #953 and #999 trails causing extreme erosion and head-cutting making the trail unsafe to the user. The water flow also entered the horse camp area and caused damage to the drive. The potential remains very high that with another heavy rainfall, the horse camp area could become inundated with debris and mud flows causing an extremely unsafe condition. Unsafe trail and campground conditions frequently necessitate temporarily restricting public access to certain areas or trails.
The Upper Mad River Seasonal Closure will be lifted on Friday, July 3rd 2015. The trail will then be open to motorcycles, mountain bikes, stock and hikers. Please stay on the trail and tread lightly in this high elevation, easily impacted area.