The Bridge Creek drainage, Boise Trail South #101, Sheep Creek and Sheep Creek Trail #53 have been heavily impacted by a wind shear event; hundreds of trees are down across the trails. They are impassable to stock and difficult for hikers.
Due to a recent landslide Bernard Creek Trail #58 is closed to the public by forest order. The trail is closed from the junction with Snake River National Recreation Trail #102 to the intersection of Dry Diggins Ridge Trail #140 near McGaffee Cow Camp.
A separate landslide led to the collapse of a retaining wall on Snake River Trail #102. The collapse is located 1/4 mile south of Pittsburgh Landing. The trail is open for hiking, but not passable by stock animals at this time. Please use caution as there may be additional slides along the trail.
Trail maintenance functions on the Idaho portion of the HCNRA are performed by dedicated Forest Service staff and volunteers. Due to the extent of the damage, delays on alleviating trail concerns will occur. The Forest Service will work diligently to address these ongoing issues to provide for a safe and enjoyable experience for area users. We always appreciate trail and campsite condition reports from visitors; please call the Riggins HCNRA Office at 208-628-3916 with any updates.
Please anticipate heavy downfall on all trails in the Idaho portion of the HCNRA this summer and use caution especially if using pack stock. Don’t risk injuring your animals or yourself to get around debris. For more information on the trails listed above and about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest please visit www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman.