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Trail closures: Franklin Falls, Denny Creek and more closed for summer

Check the US Service Forest report before heading out on the trail

Attention hikers! The US Forest Service reports that popular trails, Franklin Falls and Denny Creek and others, will be closed for the summer.

Trail closure:

Franklin Falls and Denny Creek: Closed until November 2023 due to the expansion of the parking lot.

Mount Pilchuck Forest Road 42: Closed for the season beyond the Heather Lake Trailhead (which remains open) due to maintenance of the road and Mount Pilchuck Trail. Both will be shut down until 2024.

Boardman Lake Trail Closure: The trail and the trailhead will be closed due to a road improvement project. Set to reopen on July 31.

Pinnacle Lake Trail: Another road improvement project will keep this trail closed until July 31.

Bear Lake Trail: Also closed due to a road improvement project. The projected reopening is July 31.

Summer landslides have altered recreation access in Gifford Pinchot National Forest: Highway 504 is closed at milepost 43 due to a landslide. This will eliminate access to Coldwater Lake, Hummocks Trail No. 229, Boundary Trail No. 1, Lakes Trail No. 211 and South Coldwater Tail No. 230A.

Mount Rainier Park expects to close Tahoma Creek Trail because of the trail washout. Also, the Grove of the Patriarchs will remain closed, as it has been for the past two years, due to flooding and bridge damage.

In the Olympic National Forest, Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge will not be open due to the fire that destroyed the area. Mount Jupiter Trail is also closed through the fall due to logging operations nearby.

In North Cascades National Park, several of the trails have been impacted by wildfire hazards like dead and fallen trees. The Chilliwack Trail is closed for summer between the Chilliwack River cable cat and its northern terminus, the Copper Ridge Loop. The Ridge Loop is also closed between Copper Lake and Indian Creek camps. Also closed is Brush Creek Trail between its junction with Chilliwack Trail and Whatcom Pass.


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Jasmin Thankachen

Jasmin is the Associate Publisher at Seattle's Child and an Eastside mom of two boys. She enjoys parenting with lots of love and laughter. Co-Founder of PopUp StoryWalk, she also loves children's picture books, essay writing, and community stories.