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Selkirks Blocked

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Landslides and road washouts from the winter floods continue to hamper access to Forest Service recreation areas throughout the region. Hikers will have difficulty reaching trailheads for several popular hiking routes in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, possibly throughout the summer.

Notable road blockages reported by the Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint Ranger Districts include:

Trout Creek Road, which gives access to the Pyramid, Trout and Big Fisher lakes trails is blocked by a landslide just 1.5 miles up from the West Side Road west of Bonners Ferry. That leaves 8 miles of road walking to reach the trailhead. Forest Service officials say the road could remain blocked until September.

Myrtle Creek Road is blocked by a landslide at Slide Creek, about 14 miles up from the West Side Road, preventing access all the way to the Harrison Lake trailhead. No repairs are scheduled this summer.

Pack River Road is very rough in the upper reaches. High-clearance vehicles are required for access to Chimney Rock and the southern trailhead to Harrison Lake.

Access to Roman Nose Lakes recreation site is very rough.

Ball Creek Road, with access to Russell Ridge, is washed out 4 miles up from West Side Road. Repair work hasn’t been scheduled.

Also, Twenty Mile Road into the Cabinet Mountains is washed out 6 miles from Highway 95.

, DataTimes


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