West Bend Area & Adjacent Project Areas: Trail, Road & Area Closures
The Forest Service is experiencing increased violations of trail closure areas. Trail closures are designed to keep the optimal amount of trail milage open for recreationists during this work. However, if users continue disregarding the closures, the closures will have to be moved further out from the work area.
West Bend Vegetation Management Project
- Lower Whoops, Pine Drops, EXT, Storm King from the junction with COD to the junction with Phil’s Trail, and the western-most portion of Phil’s between the junction with EXT (near Forest Road 300) and its western terminus at the junction with Pine Drops, Upper and Lower Whoops, and Skyliners trails (MAP)
- Forest Service Roads 320 and 322
- Boundary Mowing operations are complete. KGB, COD and Marvin's Garden Trails are open.
We are restoring 26,000 acres of forest adjacent to the City of Bend to improve forest health, create a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat and to protect our communities and quality of life.
Historically in Central Oregon small wildfires or insect infestations occurred creating a forested of different aged trees, underbrush, and openings, which allowed a diversity of wildlife and plants to flourish and kept forests resilient to large scale disturbances. The West Bend Vegetation Management Project's goal is to restore a more resilient and healthy forest. For additional information go to www.deschutescollaborativeforest.org.
Lex Project Area
- Dynah-Moe Humm Trail starting at Edison SnoPark heading east approximately 2.2 miles to the junction of Forest Service Roads 4188-500 and 4188-300 is now OPEN
- Snowmobile Trails #3 and #25 closures have been lifted
- Operations in this area will resume at a later date.
- Tiddlywinks Trail will be closed between Wanoga SnoPark and the junction with Forest Service Road 4613. Closures will be in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to Friday at 3 p.m. Access is open from 3 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. (See Map)
Funner will be closed from Wanoga Sno-Park east to the junction with FSR 4613-050. FSR 4614 will also be closed between the junction with FSR 4614-400 north to the Cascade Lakes Highway. Closures will be in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to Friday at 3 p.m. Access is open from 3 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. (See Map)
An alternative route along Forest Service Road 4613 provides connection between Funner and Tiddlywinks for a loop option.
The Lex Project area is within the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project area landscape in which the Forest Service is restoring 11,900 acres of forest west of the City of Bend to improve forest health. Stand resiliency to fire, insect and disease can help create a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat and protect our communities and quality of life.