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Mineral Ridge trail closed Oct. 13 for slash burning

Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay from the Mineral Ridge hiking trail. (Linda Lantzy / Idaho Scenic Images)
Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay from the Mineral Ridge hiking trail. (Linda Lantzy / Idaho Scenic Images)

HIKING -- The Mineral Ridge Trail on the northeast end of Wolf Lodge Bay is scheduled to be closed on Thursday for slash burning that follows timber thinning to reduce fire hazard.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coeur d’Alene Field Office says crews will be working in that area east of Coeur d’Alene this week.   The work to be conducted is the final phase to reduce hazardous fuels at the recreation site.

According to BLM officials:

The trail will be open for use, except for Thursday; however, hikers may experience some delays along their route as small diameter fuels are being removed along a portion of the area.  “Trail guards” will be stationed along the route to help the public avoid interaction with the work being conducted.

During the temporary closure of the Mineral Ridge Area, the parking lot, trail and picnic area will not be available for public use.  As an alternative hiking or picnic area, the BLM suggests the Blue Creek Bay trail system located approximately two miles north of Mineral Ridge.  A second alternative is the John C. Pointner Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary trail system along Cougar Bay on the west side of the Lake.  

Info: BLM's Coeur d’Alene Field Office website.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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