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  • DUKES CREEK Observation Deck Temporary Closure Continues

    In December of 2016, the Dukes Creek Observation deck was struck by a tree during a severe wind event, which resulted in critical structural damage. The upper observation deck was formally closed on December 21 as a result of the high safety risk to the recreating public and Forest Service employees, however, the lower observation deck remains open.  The U.S. Forest Service is working to design the needed repair work that will ensure long-term structural integrity and public safety. On the ground repairs will begin next year. 

    We know this impacts visitors and we are committed to reopening the entire observation deck when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, visitors may wish to explore other nearby popular mountain recreation spots on the forest including waterfalls and scenic drives, including Anna Ruby Falls and Helton Creek Falls.