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Some trails reopen in Rainbow Bridge Fire area

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 28, 2010 at 12:55 am with No Comments »
August 28, 2010 12:55 am

North Cascades National Park has reopened the entire Rainbow Lake Trail and the Rainbow Creek Trail from McAlester Pass to Bench Creek Camp. Bench Creek, Bowan and Rainbow Meadows Camps also have reopened.

These areas were not directly affected by the Rainbow Bridge Fire and the threat of fire impacting these trails has significantly decreased, said a park new release.

The Rainbow Loop Trail, Boulder Creek Trail and Rainbow Creek Trail from the junction with the Rainbow Loop Trail to Bench Creek Camp remain closed. These trails are closed due to trail impacts, hazardous trees or remaining potential for fire activity.

The reopening of these trails allows hikers to complete the McAlester Lake-Rainbow Lake loop beginning from the Bridge Creek Trailhead on state Route 20. These trails still cannot be accessed from Stehekin.

Fire activity on the Rainbow Bridge Fire has remained low over the past 10 days with little measureable growth.

All activities and services to and from Stehekin are open and on schedule.

Trail closures:
Boulder Creek Trail
Rainbow Loop Trail
Rainbow Creek Trail: from the junction with the Rainbow Loop Trail to Bench Creek Camp

Camps located within the trail closures are also closed, including:
Reynolds, Rennie Creek, Hooter, Rainbow Bridge, and Rainbow Ford.

Lakeshore Trail: trail impassable to stock from Hazard Creek to Four
Mile Creek due to debris flows, but is passable for hikers.

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