All campgrounds in the Icicle drainage are now open except Chatter Creek Campground which will remain closed for the season due to root rot existing in trees there.
Chiwawa River Road is still closed due to a washout above Atkinson Flats Campground. The road will re-open after damaged section has been repaired, hopefully by mid-summer. The road and campgrounds are now open up to Atkinson Flats.
White River Road remains closed above Tall Timbers Ranch due to road washout. The campgrounds are closed until road is repaired and hazard trees can be assessed and treated. Napeequa, Grasshopper Meadows and White River Campgrounds remain closed.
Little Wenatchee River Road is open to end of road. Rainy Creek, Soda Springs and Lake Creek Campgrounds are closed until hazard trees can be assessed and treated.
NACHES—Due to consistent warm and dry conditions coupled with volunteers working diligently to clear fallen trees, the seasonal motorized trail closure on the Naches Ranger District has been lifted on the prior to the traditional opening date of June 16.
Forest Service trails are a national resource and responsible use of the trail system by the public is key to keeping them accessible. Currently, trails above 5,000 feet may still be snow covered or muddy. Resource damage occurs when trails are used while they are wet and muddy; forest visitors are encouraged to refrain from using them until they completely dry out.
For additional details on current conditions, call the Naches Ranger District office at 509-653-1401.
Starting this year, the limited entry overnight permit season for the Enchantment Permit Area will increase by six weeks to help manage increased visitor use and resulting resource damage at this popular destination. Permits for overnight stays will now be required from May 15 through October 31. See News Release for more information.
Forest Service Road 9737 North Fork Teanaway and 9703 Stafford Creek will be plowed this winter for timber harvest. These roads will be closed to public use from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wheeled vehicles not associated with harvest activities are not permitted on these roads at any time during the winter recreation season.
The roads, popular routes for snowmobiles, skiers and snowshoes’ will be open for public use evenings, and on weekends from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday. Signs will be posted in the vicinity of active harvest to warn of potential hazards.
Remember to check weather and avalanche forecasts, be prepared for all conditions and carry the 10 essentials when visiting your National Forest.
For further information contact the Cle Elum Ranger Station at 509-852-1100.
Flood damage and mudslides have impacted access to most or all major road systems on the Naches Ranger District. Due to this extensive damage, the public is advised not to visit the Naches Ranger District until damage and hazards have been assessed. Christmas tree cutters should seek tree cutting opportunities on the Cle Elum Ranger District or other areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The Entiat Ranger District will implement the annual seasonal closure on trails in the Upper Mad Lakes area on October 27, 2015 until spring 2016 to protect natural resources, minimize damage to trails, and maintain quality trail systems. Acting District Ranger Randy Whitehall said, “The seasonal closure protects our public trail systems from damage caused by wheeled and stock travel on muddy trails.” Due to dry favorable conditions, the district was able to keep trails open longer than usual this season.
The seasonal restrictions apply to wheeled travel and stock on the Blue Creek Trail #1426, Upper Mad River Trail #1409.1, Alder Ridge Trail #1523 and Upper Chikamin Trail #1561. Trails are open to hikers only.
Recreation managers have worked with motorized users and stock groups to implement closures in a manner that minimizes impacts to public, while protecting natural resources.