The Minnow Ridge ORV trail No. 1524 will be temporarily closed during replacement of two trail bridges. The work is anticipated to be completed in two weeks.
The entire length of the Minnow Ridge Trail, from the Trailhead on Forest Road 6210 to the trail junction with the Chickamin ORV Tie No. 1561 and Chikamin Creek ORV No. 1534, is closed. See MAP and more info
This trail is located in the Lake Wenatchee area of Washington State and is part of the larger Mad River – Lower Chiwawa ORV trail system. Two timber trail bridges located on the upper portion of the Minnow Ridge trail which cross Chikamin Creek will replaced. This project will maintain access to the area, improve visitors riding experience, and provide for public safety.
The U.S. Forest Service would like to remind visitors to national forests in Oregon and Washington that discharging fireworks or explosives, including exploding targets, is prohibited.
Fireworks routinely cause wildfires. Their possession and use have been prohibited at campgrounds and elsewhere on national forest lands for years. Last year, the Pacific Northwest Region also banned the use of exploding targets.
Exploding targets are a documented cause of wildfires, and have been associated with at least five wildfires on National Forest System lands since 2012, resulting in more than 15,600 acres burned and approximately $30 million in suppression costs.
The Shaser Creek ATV route, located on the North Shaser Road #7322 Road in the Blewett Pass area of the Wenatchee River Ranger District will be closed to all public use Monday-Friday beginning June 23, 2014 because of logging operations. The route will reopen sometime this fall.
The Shaser Creek area consists of a checkerboard ownership pattern where every other square mile land section is privately owned, with the alternate sections being National Forest. The current owner, Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands, is beginning logging operations on their land in Section 21, with log-haul occurring on North Shaser Road #7322.
For public safety, the road will be closed to all users during the weekdays from 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This will restrict all access to the ATV routes for the Iron Mountain and Etienne Creek areas.Logging operations are scheduled to continue into the fall.