July 9, 2018 Update: Black Hills National Forest North Zone Storm Damage

Contact(s): Scott Jacobson, (605) 440-1409

Spearfish, SD/Sundance, WY – Crews continue to open more trails and roads that were closed in the north/northwestern Black Hills due to storm damage that occurred on June 29, 2018.

On the Northern Hills Ranger District area, Old Baldy trail system is now open to public use as well as the Red Lake trail system.  Even though these trails are open, hazards still may exist so trail users need to use extra caution when recreating in these areas.  Rimrock trail system is still closed to the public.  Crews and volunteers will be working on this trail and hope to have it open to the public next week.

On the Bearlodge Ranger District, crews continue to open roads and trails. All roads on the district except for the three noted below are open to the public.  The three roads identified below are in an active timber sale area and the district is still considering timber sale salvage options for these areas.

  • Pole Cabin Gulch (NFSR 802.1)
  • Williams Gulch (NFSR 868.1)
  • Plato Gulch (NFSR 863.3A)

The Forest Service is assessing and evaluating timber salvage potential.

Many hazards still remain from uprooted and snapped off trees and officials urge the public to avoid hazard areas until they have been cleared.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.


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