Holden Mine is an inactive mine located about 50 miles north of the city of Chelan and 10 miles west of Lake Chelan along Railroad Creek. The 2014 snow-free season will be the busiest season to date for mine remediation activities.
The Railroad Creek valley is a main entrance point into the Glacier Peak Wilderness from the Lake Chelan area supplying access tothe popular Hart Lake/Lyman Lake Trail No. 1256 and the Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000. These trails will remain open and accessible during the remediation efforts this summer, however bus transportation operated by Holden Village between Lucerne (at Lake Chelan) and Holden, will only operate on Saturdays and Sundays in coordination with the Lady of the Lake boat schedule.
Holden Village, the Lutheran retreat center adjacent to the old mine site, will stop hosting guests after April 21 in order to house mine remediation workers during the 2014 construction season. When the village reopens to guests will be determined later, depending on how long construction continues. The village reopened on Dec. 20 following the 2013 construction season. Holden Village managers have taken this opportunity to implement many facility improvements to the Village in conjunction with the implementation phase of the mine cleanup.Starting in late April, hikers wanting to access the Hart Lake/Lyman Lake Trailhead and/or Lucerne must use the Holden Village bus on Saturdays and Sundays to travel up and down the Railroad Creek valley.
Holden Village will not be open for overnight stays however the Forest Service campground, located less than a mile west of Holden Village at the entrance to the Glacier Peak Wilderness area, will remain open throughout the remediation activities. Camping is not permitted on the leased grounds around Holden or on Holden Village private property. Holden operates under a special use permit with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
As a public safety measure, several temporary trail closures have occurred in the Railroad Creek Valley over the last few years.
The following trails and surrounding areas near Holden Village are closed until the implementation phase of the project is complete.
- Lower Railroad Creek Trail No. 1240 is closed from Wilson Creek to the mine tailings located between the 8 and 9 mile points. This means it is not possible to hike to or from Holden Village on this trail while this closure is in effect.
- Goat Trail No. 1245.1 is closed
- Tailings Bypass Trail No. 1240.3 is closed
- Copper Falls Trail No. 1246.1 is closed from Goat Trail intersection for one mile south
- Copper Creek Trail No. 1240.21 is closed
- Miners Interpretive Trail No. 1245 is closed
- Monkey Bear Falls No. 1256 is closed
For more information or assistance in planning a trip to the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area via Holden, please call the Chelan Ranger District at (509) 682-4900.
Please visit the Holden Village website for reservation and volunteer information: www.holdenvillage.org
For more information on the Holden Mine Remediation projects please visit: www.fs.usda.gov/okawen