A recent inspection of the bridge spanning French Cabin Creek on Forest Service Road 4310, found structural damage which has led to an emergency closure of the bridge to motor vehicles. The road, which accesses the west shore of Cle Elum Lake, and is popular with hunters and campers will be closed indefinitely.
The bridge has deteriorated to a point where the bridge is at risk of collapsing and is no longer safe for use by motor vehicles. Engineers will further evaluate the integrity of the bridge in the coming weeks and will determine what action will be taken. Repair or replacement is unlikely in 2013.
During the remainder of the Fall, Plum Creek Timber Company will be building roads on Manastash Ridge in section 17 of T19N, R13E, about mid-way between Blowout Mountain and Blazed Ridge. During this time period, Manastash Ridge trail #1388 will be closed in the construction zone Monday-Friday, and Upper Big Creek Trail #1388.2 will be closed entirely. Construction may start as early as next week, September 23, and is expected to last through October. There will also be logging in this area next summer, which will probably cause additional closures.
Mudders, take note: It is against the law to tear up forest roads and meadows for the fun of it, and the legal and financial consequences can be steep. Tearing up high-country meadows with four-wheel-drive and off-road vehicles destroys wildlife habitat and ecosystems. Read more HERE
Area(s): Blue Creek Trail #1426, Mad River Trail #1409.1 (Upper), Alder Ridge ORV Trail #1523, Chikamin Tie ORV Trail #1561, Chikamin Tie ORV Trailhead
Date(s): Oct 31, 2012
The Upper Mad River Seasonal Closure is now in effect as of 10-22-13. Trails affected by this closure inclued; 1409.1 (Upper Mad River), 1426 (Blue Creek), 1561.1 (Chikamin Tie), and 1523 (Alder Ridge). These trails are closed to Stock, Mountain Bikes, and Motorcycles until early summer 2014. These trails will reopen in the summer of 2014 when the trails melt off and dry out. Call the Entiat Ranger Station for the lates conditions.
Various Areas and Trails near Holden Village are subject to TEMPORARY CLOSURES for ALL PUBLIC USE for the next several years to protect public safety during construction phases of Holden Mine Remediation work.
Detailed closure notices will be posted at primary entrance points when specific closures are in effect.
Through travel on the Pacific Crest Trail will not be affected by any of these closures. Bus and vehicle travel between Holden and Lucerne will still be available daily but on a limited schedule. Contact Chelan Ranger District for current information on closures and travel limitations (509) 682-4900
Thank you for your patience while we implement this important restoration project.
Area(s):Copper Falls Trail, Lower Railroad Creek Trail #1240
Date(s): Aug 23, 2011
Trail closures and potential road delays will be occurring along Road No. 8301 from Lucerne to Holden Village. These are in effect for public safety as Holden Mine Remediation projects begin.
The following trails/areas located on south side of Railroad Creek, across from Holden Village, are affected by closures.
Lower Railroad Creek Trail No. 1240 closed from Wilson Creek to mine tailings located between 8 and 9 mile points. It is not possible to hike to or from Holden Village on this trail while closure is in effect.
Goat Trail No. 1245.1 closed
Tailings Bypass Trail No. 1240.3 closed
Copper Falls Trail No. 1246.1 closed from Goat Trail intersection for one mile south