Two of Washington’s most popular hiking trails are scheduled to reopen Friday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced today.
Mount Si and Little Si trails have been closed since a single-engine airplane crashed in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area on Feb. 15.
All debris from the crash is expected to be removed by Friday and the investigation by local and federal officials has concluded. Winter weather slowed both efforts. The area will reopen even if the wreckage is not completely removed by Friday. The area may need to be closed for one day in the future to conclude the removal.
“Public safety was our main reason for keeping the area closed during the attempted salvage operation,” said Doug McClelland of the DNR. “We know how much the public enjoys visiting the Mount Si area. We appreciate everyone’s patience.”