Portions of the trail located in Elmore County are completely washed out and a massive amount of rock, burnt timber and mud, some 200 to 300 feet wide and in some locations 30-50 feet deep have eliminated the trail tread.
In addition, the late last year flash flood event moved 2 bridges on the Roaring River trail nearly ½ mile. There is no estimate for when the repairs will be completed.
“The significance of this damage cannot be underestimated,” said Wintauna Belt, District Recreation Specialist. “Repairing these trails will require heavy equipment, rerouting and new bridge construction which will take time and unanticipated new funding.”
Belt added when the Trail Rangers discovered this event, they said it was the worst damage they had seen to a trail system in their career.
The Roaring River Trail (Trail #45) is closed from its junction with Forest Road 255 south to its junction with the William Pogue Trail (Trail #122). The William Pogue Trail (#122) is closed from its junction with the Roaring River Trail west to its junction with the Upper Sheep Creek Trail (#123).
Any violation of this order is punishable by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10000 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
For more information, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.