Tangle Blue trail work planned for the Trinity Alps Wilderness

Contact(s): Josef.Orosz, Public Affairs Specialist 530 226-2322

Redding, Calif. — The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is planning to re-route portions of the trail used to access the popular Tangle Blue Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Currently, the existing Tangle Blue trail crosses several perennial streams and wet meadows on its way to the lake. Stream channels at these locations have been disrupted and some of the streams are channeling water on the trail causing erosion of the trail surface and sediment delivery to the creeks. Hikers must also cross several wet meadows that can result in damage to wetland areas.

“The new trail will provide a less impactful route that will improve water quality and protect wetland areas while still maintaining the natural beauty and solitude the area and trail are known for,” explained Trinity River Management Unit Natural Resource Specialist Sally Cousins. 

It could take up to three years to complete the project, and implementation could begin as early as Spring 2020. During the new trail construction, users can continue to use the current trail.  If you have questions or comments about this project you can contact Sally Cousins, Natural Resource Specialist at the Weaverville Ranger Station at sally.cousins@usda.gov. To learn more about this project visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56929. To learn about other recreation opportunities across the Shasta-Trinity National Forest visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/stnf/recreation.

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