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Forest Service reopens popular trailhead north of Lake Wenatchee

HIKING -- Little Wenatchee Road, (Forest Service Road No. 6500), has been re-opened for the first time since winter to public access above the intersection with Smithbrook Road No. 6700, the Wenatchee River Ranger District says today. 

This area, and its popular trailhead for Heather Lake and other alpine destinations, has been inaccessible to motor vehicles since a December storm felled hundreds of trees throughout the area.

The upper portion of Little Wenatchee Road No. 6500 is accessible by taking Smithbrook Road No. 6700 off Highway 2, located about four miles east of Stevens Pass Ski Area, north to the Little Wenatchee Road intersection north of Lake Wenatchee.  The lower portion of the Little Wenatchee Road, from a gate up to the intersection with Smithbrook Road, is still closed due to trees over the roadway from last winter’s storm. 

Trailheads that continue to be open include Little Wenatchee Ford and Irving Pass to Poe Mountain, in addition to trailheads leading to Minotaur Lake, Theseus Lake, Heather Lake, and Top Lake. 

Soda Springs and Lake Creek Campgrounds remain closed due to many down trees and standing dead trees in these campgrounds that can cause safety hazards. 

Reconstruction work continues at Heather Lake Trailhead located on Forest Service Road No. 6701-400 in the upper Little Wenatchee drainage.  For those planning to visit Heather Lake, the trailhead will remain open during trailhead reconstruction work.  Trail users will need to park their vehicles about a half mile down the road from the current trailhead but will be able to walk around construction activities to access the trail. I

Info: Wenatchee River Ranger District, 509-548-2550. 




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