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Recreation Report Update

Here at WenatcheeOutdoors Headquarters, we just received the latest Recreation Report from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Service, which is issued bi-weekly. This is the information we found most interesting for outdoor enthusiasts to know:


 -Chelan Ranger District Trails Update-

 

Trails listed below as maintained have been cleared of logs, however, strong winds frequently occur dropping more trees across trails. This is especially true for tails that have been burned over since 2001. These burned over trails are identified by trail in the trail information listed below. Trails not included in this report have not been maintained for years and there are no plans to maintain them. If you choose to travel them, be prepared for cross-country travel conditions. We are starting to get some light snow in the high country.

 

Holden Village area non-wilderness trails

Holden Loop Trail #1253

Maintained.

Ten Mile Creek Trail #1241

and

Ten Mile Falls Trail #1270

Maintained. There are frequent delays (for a few hours) due to temporary closures when blasting occurs in the 10-Mile Quarry on the east side of 10 Mile Creek. A guard is posted along the trail during blasting to let people know that it is not safe to proceed until the blast is completed. It is best to plan to travel this trail either early morning or early evening.

Monkey Bear Falls Trail #1273

Maintained to the junction with 10 Mile Creek Trail. The east half of the trail (from the uphill 10 Mile Creek Trail junction) is closed for the season due to blasting and quarry construction. The west half of the trail from Holden Village to the Ten Mile Creek junction is generally open making it possible to do a loop using the Ten Mile Falls trail. The west half of the Monkey Bear trail has frequent delays (a few hours) due to temporary closures when blasting occurs in the 10-Mile Quarry on the east side of 10 Mile Creek. A guard is at the trailhead bulletin board during blasting to let people know when it is not safe to proceed due to blasting operations. It is best to plan to travel this trail either early morning or early evening.

Lucerne area non-wilderness trails

Domke Lake Trail #1280

Maintained. The trail is maintained from Lucerne to Domke Lake Camp. The trails from Domke Lake Camp to Stuart Camp (and Stuart Camp, itself) are CLOSED due to damage from the Domke Lake Fire. It is hoped that this trail and camp will be repaired and reopened later this season.

Domke Mt. Lookout Trail #1280.1

Snow free.

Glacier Peak Wilderness trails

Agnes Gorge Trail #1281

Maintained.

Company Creek Trail #1243

Maintained. If heading down 10 Mile Creek trail to Holden be aware there are temporary closures when blasting occurs in the 10-Mile Quarry on the east side of 10 Mile Creek. It is best to travel this trail either early morning or early evening as the weekly blasting schedule changes frequently.

Copper Basin Trail #1240.22

Closed due to Holden Mine Remediation work.

Devore Creek Trail #1244

Maintained. If heading down 10 Mile Creek trail to Holden be aware there are temporary closures when blasting occurs in the 10-Mile Quarry on the east side of 10 Mile Creek. It is best to travel this trail either early morning or early evening as the weekly blasting schedule changes frequently.

Emerald Park Trail #1230

Maintained. The lower trail passes through the Domke Lake Fire burn area. Do not dilly-dally in drainages and avoid travel in this area when windy. Even though the trail has been maintained, the part of the trail in the burned area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season. The area around Emerald Park and above was not burned.

Hart / Lyman Lake Trail #1256

Maintained.

Holden Lake Trail #1251

Maintained.

Lower Railroad Creek Trail #1240

Maintained from junction with Emerald Park Trail to Wilson Creek. Not maintained between Burn and Klone Creeks. The trail from Wilson Creek to Holden Village is CLOSED due to Mine Remediation work. This means it is not possible to use this trail to get between Holden Village and Domke Lake.

Warning: The foot log over Wilson Creek has been removed because it was no longer safe and the trail beyond is closed. When in the burn area, do not dilly-dally in drainages and avoid travel in this area when windy. Even though the trail has been maintained, the part of the trail in the burned area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season.

Upper Lyman Trail #1256.2

Maintained.

Spider Gap

This is not a trail, but a cross-country route through the pass between Spider Meadows and Upper Lyman Lakes. Spider Glacier is no longer a glacier, but a snow field at best. On the Lyman Lakes side of the gap there is a snowfield on the slope that is the route down to the Upper Lyman Trail; an ice-axe is recommended

Pacific Crest Trail #2000

Maintained. A number of trees in and around Hemlock Camp have been killed by Mountain Pine Beetle. These trees are falling into the camp area at unpredictable times. It is not safe to camp there. Use either the camp on the north side of Sitting Bull Basin (uphill from Hemlock) or Cedar Camp, which is 3 miles downstream from Hemlock.

South Fork Agnes Trail #1239

Maintained for hikers only. Small bridges and boardwalks have collapsed and are not safe for stock use. Stock need to use the Pacific Crest Trail.

Suiattle/Cloudy Hiker Shortcut

Snow covered.

Lake Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness trails

Lower Fish Creek Trail #1248

and

North Fork Fish Creek Trail #1248.1

Maintained. Even after the trails have been maintained the trails in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season. There have been several wind storms this season and there have been reports of numerous logs down on these trails.

Lakeshore Trail #1247.1702

Maintained from Lake Chelan National Recreation Area boundary to the junction with the Moore Point Trail and from Meadow Creek to Prince Creek Campground and dock. The section between Moore Point and Meadow Creek was burnt over early this summer, but is now open for use. This section of trail has not been maintained since before the fire and there is some minor debris on the trail but it is passible by hikers

N. Fork Prince Creek Trail #1254

Maintained.

Oval Pass Trail #1259.13

Maintained.

Prince Creek Trail #1255

Maintained. The trail tread at the 1.75 mile, through a small cliff, is washed out. Rock steps have been installed for hikers down and around the washout. The trail is not passable by stock. There is no bridge or foot-log across Prince Creek at mile 4. Even though the trail has been maintained, the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season. There have been several wind storms this season and there are reports of numerous logs down on this trail.

Round Lake/Horton Butte Trail #

Maintained to 0.75 mile. Even though part of this trail has been maintained the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season.

Summit Trail #1259

Maintained.

Surprise Lake Trail #1249

Maintained.

 

 

Sawtooth Backcountry Non-Wilderness Trails

Hoodoo Pass Trail #1259.31 (hiker & horse)

Maintained.

Prince Creek Trail #1255.2

(motor & mtn. bikes, horse, hiker)

Maintained. Caution: Part of the trail has collapsed and the remaining tread is very narrow on the first switchback down from the top of Horsehead Pass.

Safety Harbor Trail #1261

(motor & mtn. bikes, horse, hiker)

Maintained. The section of trail on the Chelan side of Horsehead Pass is rated “Most Difficult” for motorbike travel.

Summer Blossom Trail #1258 (hiker only)

Maintained. Even when this trail is maintained, the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season.

Summit Trail #1259.3

(motor & mtn. bikes, horse, hiker)

Maintained. Caution: Even though most of this trail is rated “More Difficult” the section through Miner’s Basin is rutted and rocky and is actually “Most Difficult” and only recommended for expert riders.

Uno Peak Trail #1260

(motor & mtn. bikes, horse, hiker)

Maintained. Even when this trail is maintained, the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season.

25 Mile Creek & Stormy Mountain area trails

(Open to motorbikes, mountain bikes, horses and hikers)

Devil’s Backbone Trail #1248

Maintained.

Lone Peak Trail #1264

Maintained. Even after the trail has been maintained, the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season.

Pot Peak Trail #1266

Maintained to mile 7. Even after the trail has been maintained, the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall throughout the season.

North Fork 25 Mile Trail #1265

The Lower Trail has been maintained for 1.5 miles, but it is washed out at mile point 2.1; approximately 1,000 feet of the trail tread is completely gone. Not passable by motorbikes, mountain bikes or horses.

The Upper Trail has been maintained. This upper portion of the North 25 Mile Trail can be accessed by motorbikes, mountain bikes, horses, and hikers via the Lone Peak Trail.

Stormy Mt. Trail #1233

Maintained.

North Shore area trails

Echo Ridge Trails #1290 - 1297

Maintained. 

-Entiat Ranger District Trails Update-

UPPER MAD RIVER SEASONAL TRAIL CLOSURE LIFTED
The Upper Mad River Seasonal Closure has been fully lifted.  The closure will be reinstated once fall wet weather arrives for good which will be soon, we expect to close the Upper Mad River trails to mountain bikes, livestock and motorcycles sometime in mid-October.  Call the Entiat Ranger Station for the most up-to-date information.

HUNTING SEASON
Hunting seasons are occurring in the high country.  Wear bright colored clothing, hunter orange if you have it, especially if hiking off trail. 

TRAILS
Some trails pass through areas affected by forest fires.  When in these areas be aware of snags that can fall at any time.  Most district trails have been maintained at least once this year, but due to numerous summer thunderstorms trees are coming down across some trails and roads.  Be prepared to encounter down trees.

Most district trails have been maintained.  Maintained means that downed logs have been removed from the trail.  Trails listed below have not been maintained or contain additional information helpful for trail users to know.

Trail #

Trail Name

Current Trail Conditions

#1231.1

Wilson Creek  

Not maintained.

#1403

Hi Yu  

Not maintained.

#1405.1

Ice Lakes  

Maintained. No fires allowed at Ice Lakes.

#1408

Garland Peak  

Not maintained.

#1413

Billy Ridge

Maintained, the lower section is not recommended for motorcycles.

#1419

Jimmy Creek  

Not maintained.

#1432

45 Mile Drive 

Not maintained.

#1436

Fern Lake  

Not maintained.

#1440

Butte Creek  

Not maintained.

#1462

Silver Falls Interpretive Trail

Temporarily Closed 

-Wenatchee River Ranger District Trails Update-

WINTER STORM DEBRIS
 A severe snow/ice storm occurred in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area just before Christmas 2012.  Numerous trees are still down across some trails and forest roads that are often utilized for recreation.  Many hazards still exist, so please use caution.

ROADS
 Please check the district website for information on current road conditions.
  • Chiwawa Road No. 6200 is open to end of the road. 
  • White River Road No. 6400 is open to the end of the road.
  • Little Wenatchee Road No. 6500 is now open west of the junction with Smithbrook Road No. 6700. Little Wenatchee Ford Trailhead is now accessible.  The east portion of the road from the forest boundary to the junction with Smithbrook Road remains closed. No firewood cutting is allowed along the entire length of the Little Wenatchee Road as fallen trees will be part of a timber sale.
  • Smithbrook/Rainy Creek Road No. 6700 is open to the junction with Little Wenatchee Road No. 6500.
  • Mission Creek Road No. 7100 is closed due to flood damage from the junction of Number Two Canyon Road No. 7101 to the junction with Beehive Road No. 9712. The road is unsafe for travel. 
  • No. 2 Canyon Road No. 7101 to Mission Creek Road No. 7100 is open.
  • Tip Top Road No. 7202 and Road No. 7201 are open.
  • Scotty Creek Road No. 7324 is open.
  • Walker Canyon Road No. 7510 is closed to wheeled motor vehicles due to a mudslide in Clark Canyon.
  • Eightmile Road No. 7601 is open.
  • Van Creek Road No. 7520 is open.
  • Liberty Beehive Road No. 9712 is open to Devil’s Gulch Trailhead.  High clearance vehicles recommended.
  • Beehive Road No. 9712 is open.
  • Icicle Creek Road is open all the way to Icicle Creek Trailhead at the end of the road.  Due to a mudslide near the Fourth of July trailhead, one lane is open for two-way traffic.  Please use caution and follow road traffic signs.

DEVILS GULCH TRAIL WASHOUT
 A segment of Devils Gulch Trail washed out due to a flash flood on June 29.  The trail is now cleared for use, but due to the damage it is now rated as a more technical/difficult trail.  The Lower Devils Gulch Trailhead on Mission Creek Road No. 7100 is now open and accessible.  Contact the Wenatchee River Ranger District for more information.

TRONSEN CREEK WASHOUTS
 Debris flows also occurred in the Tronsen Creek area.  There is mud on the road in places and debris along the creek.

TRAILS
Expect little or no water sources on ridge top trails.  Most district trails have been maintained; for specific trail information please contact the Wenatchee River Ranger District office at 509-548-2550.
  • Icicle Gorge Trail is mostly shaded and a beautiful hike this time of year. 
  • Eightmile Lake Trail is open, use caution if windy conditions exist. 
  • Little Wenatchee Trailhead is now accessible via Smithbrook/Rainy Creek Road.
  • Heather Lake and Top Lake trailheads can be reached via Highway 2 and the Smithbrook Road No. 6700.

ENCHANTMENT PERMITS
Overnight Wilderness permits are required from June 15 to October 15 for the Enchantment Area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Applications for the 2013 Enchantment Lottery were held on www.Recreation.gov from February 15 through March 2, 2013.  After April 1, those not successful in the lottery can look for unreserved open dates. 
Cancellations do occur, so it is advised to keep checking www.recreation.gov throughout the season.  Starting June 15th each year a daily lottery is held Monday through Saturday at the Leavenworth Ranger Station; a drawing is done at exactly 7:45 a.m. and any additional Enchantment permits that are still available are distributed.

GATHERING MUSHROOMS
(Relevant for entire Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest)

Personal use mushroom gathering of three gallons per day is free.  No permit is required. 

Personal use mushroom pickers are required to make a vertical cut through the stems of the mushrooms immediately upon harvest. Mushroom gathering is prohibited in Wilderness areas.

For more recreation information pertaining to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, see the full Recreation Report here.