+hydnsek Posted April 19, 2007 Share Posted April 19, 2007 As the snow starts melting in the mountains, reports are coming in about which roads and trails will be off-limits this year due to storm damage. I just got my WTA newsletter, and thought the following worth sharing - esp. if you have caches, or would like to cache, in these areas. If you have caches affected by the closures, you may want to disable or archive them, sadly. If/when you learn of other roads/trails that are inaccessible this year, post here and this thread will be a reference for those of us who like caching in the back country. From the WTA (Washington Trail Association) Newsletter, 4/18/07: If you live in central Puget Sound, you can start by taking off your list the popular Talapus Lake Trail and the Ira Spring Trail, just off I-90. Vehicle access to these trailheads is blocked by a major washout at the junctions of FS Roads 9030 and 9031. Off Highway 2, FS Road 6830 to Tonga Ridge (a lovely hike famed for its huckleberries) is washed out at MP 1.6. Ditto for the West Fork Foss to Big Heart Lake, where the trail is impassible due to storm damage. Up on the Darrington Ranger District, the situation is even more grim, with 70% of the trails off limits due to storm damage, including Green Mountain, Downey Creek, Buck Creek Pass, and Pinnacle Lake. And you won't get to the Big Four Ice Caves because a huge bridge is out. On the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, a major washout on Road #23 between Babyshoe Pass and Road #90 intersection prevents access from south and west to trails on the north side of Mount Adams, and from the north to trails on the west and south sides of Mount Adams. This washout will have an impact on reaching many favorite trailheads in the Gifford Pinchot. The damage at Mount Rainier National Park is incredible. Park officials expect to encounter severe trail damage after the snow melts this season, including tread damage and washed out footlogs. Nearly every road leading into the park is washed out, but there are projected opening dates for roads and facilities. Repairs on the road from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise are nearing completion. The target date for reopening the road to Paradise is May 5. Quote Link to comment
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