Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Significant Storm Damage Closes Trails in the Boise National Forest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 10:57 AM

click to enlarge The storm damage to the Roaring River Trail is the worst district rangers have seen in their careers. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • The storm damage to the Roaring River Trail is the worst district rangers have seen in their careers.

The Roaring River and William Pogue National Recreation Trails have suffered extreme storm damage, causing the Mountain Home Ranger District to temporarily close the trails. Portions of the trails—located in the Boise National Forest and Elmore County—are completely washed out with a massive amount of rock, burned timber and mud eliminating the trail.

click to enlarge A portion of the Roaring River Trail is completely washed out. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • A portion of the Roaring River Trail is completely washed out.
All this comes after a flash flood last year that moved two bridges on the Roaring River trail nearly half a mile. 

"The significance of this damage cannot be underestimated," said district recreation specialist Wintauna Belt. "Repairing these trails will require heavy equipment, rerouting and new bridge construction which will take time and unanticipated new funding."

She added that when trail rangers came upon these trails, they said it was the worst damage they'd ever seen to a trail system in their careers. The Roaring River Trail (#45) is closed from its junction with Forest Road 255 south to its junction with the William Pogue Trail (#122). The William Pogue Trail is closed from its junction with Roaring River west to its junction with the Upper Sheep Creek Trail (#123).

There is word yet on when the trails will be open again.


click to enlarge The William Pogue Trail is also severely damaged from recent storms. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • The William Pogue Trail is also severely damaged from recent storms.

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