Thanks For The Help

Its not breaking news that the Forest Service and BLM have closed a number of area trails due to last years fire. They have done so because they need to make repairs to the trails before they can safely be re-opened for use. Staying off of closed trails, and leaving the “closed” signs in place and unmolested, is important in helping land managers stay focused on getting repairs made in a timely manner.

Trail closure compliance has been very good. Thank you Trail Community!

Trail closure compliance has been very good. Thank you Trail Community!

So far, closure compliance in the region has been very good, and that is a big help to our your local land managers. It allows them to stay focused on the work before them, instead of spending time replacing signs that have been taken down. Additionally, it helps them keep things safe while the work of repairing the trails is carried out.

So far in my travels I have come across just one sign that had been ripped down – at the top of Howard’s Trail, which leads into the Deer Creek Drainage.

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Ripped sign at top of Howard’s Trail.

The sign has been re-installed, but such replacements take time and energy away from more pressing tasks that would help us get the trails opened sooner. Please leave the signs you come across in place, so that others will have the information they need when they approach areas that are closed. If you happen to come across signs that have been damaged or removed please report them to me, Chris Leman/Wood River Valley Trails Coordinator for the BCRD at cleman@bcrd.org or (208) 720-7713. Thank you for the help!

4 comments for “Thanks For The Help

  1. Robyn Watson
    August 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Is Baker Lake open for hiking?
    Best,
    Robyn Watson

    • Chris Leman, BCRD WRVTC
      August 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Yes Robyn, But the road in to the trailhead is closed about 200 yards out. (Due to recent mudslide across road). It is my understanding that you can walk in past the vehicle closure.

  2. Jonathan
    August 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Hey there,

    My family is coming out from Oregon to visit your area (Blaine county and Lake Alturas) the end of the week. I was wondering if you might give me some insight into closed trails near the lake and perhaps also some of your favorites for hiking while there (we are talking up to 15 miles RT).

    Thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing your beautiful state.

    Jonathan, Beaverton Oregon

    • Chris Leman, BCRD WRVTC
      August 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Jonathan. The trails near to Alturas Lake were not impacted by last years Beaver Creek Fire. Tons of great hiking in that area, including nearby Alpine Creek Lakes and Cabin Creek Lakes. For longer hikes check out the trials near Petite and Redfish Lakes. The SNRA Visitors Center at Redfish Lake is a great place to go for maps and information.

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