LAS VEGAS, Nevada…The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, is reminding visitors of the ongoing closure order for the following trails: South Loop, Griffith Peak, Cathedral Rock, Echo Trail, and Little Falls. Cathedral Rock/Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail (South Loop) Trailhead and the Echo Trailhead also remain closed.
These closures are primarily due to hazards associated with last year’s Carpenter One Fire. Hazard trees, debris flows, and unstable trail conditions all pose risks. Although Cathedral Rock, Echo, and Little Falls Trails were not directly impacted by the fire, they all cross drainages that carry debris flows from the ridgeline above, which could be dangerous to hikers during heavy rains.
Recreational sites on Mt. Charleston that have been minimally impacted by the flooding and remain open to visitors include: the lower portion of Cathedral Rock Picnic Area, Foxtail Group Picnic Area, Deer Creek Picnic Area, Saw Mill Picnic Area and Hilltop Campground. The other flooded recreation areas are closed until repairs are completed.
The Mt. Charleston Blue Butterfly was listed last fall as an Endangered Species. Since habitat for the butterfly occurs along the ridgelines, the U.S. Forest Service is currently consulting with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to determine what impacts to habitat and the butterfly could be caused by trail maintenance. After consultation, mitigations will be established to limit impacts; the Forest Service will then begin trail maintenance, including hazard tree removal.