All campgrounds, roads and trails will open, but the Trinity Mountain Cabin, which is available through reservations, will not open until July 15th due to repair work.
“Although weather conditions provided the opportunity to open the area early, the ability to keep the area open later in the season could be a factor,” said Jake Strohmeyer, Acting Mountain Home District Ranger. “With a set operating schedule and budgets, late season facility cleaning, host services and water systems could be affected.”
Services at the campgrounds normally are cutoff in mid-October, but remain open to camping through November 10th.
The area was partially affected by last year’s 146,000 acre Trinity Ridge Fire and visitors will need to use caution in the recently burned areas. Snag trees falling, rocks rolling off steep banks or high water flows are hazards to be alert too.
Strohmeyer said Little Roaring Campground is the most heavily fire impacted site, but substantial mitigation work is being done to remove hazard trees. The area directly adjacent to Big Trinity Lake was only slightly impacted. Throughout the area, visitors can expect to see a mosaic of burn intensities, but overall the views remain enjoyable.
Logging activities and log haul will commence after July 4th on Forest Roads 129 and 156 which will require a closure of a segment of Forest Road 129 north of the Trinity Area. Access to Rocky Bar will not be impeded. From July 24th through August 16th, Forest Road 172 will close due to a culvert replacement. Access to the Trinity Area then will be via Forest Roads 129 and 156, but Forest Road 129 is not considered suitable for RV’s.
Motor Vehicle Use maps (MVUM) which show designated routes are available for free at Ranger District offices, the Boise Interagency Visitor Center or on the Boise National Forest webpage. For additional information, call the Interagency Visitor Center at 373-4007, located at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise, or contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 587-7961.