Damage includes deep cuts and ruts in the roadway that are not easily passable, places where the road has sloughed off the side of the hill, and extensive property damage to private land owners. Forest engineers and road crew members are currently evaluating the short and long-term work needed to provide a safe and passable roadway.
Cedar Creek Road leads to a trailhead that accesses the historic “OTO Ranch.” Instability in the area, the potential for additional damage from use, and public safety are concerns the Forest will address before reopening the road.
“We thank everyone for allowing the homeowners and the Forest employees time and space to make repairs,” said Acting District Ranger David Cernicek. “The Forest reminds the public to plan ahead for weather events that might keep them out longer than planned, and to always leave an itinerary with friends or family with directions of what to do should something happen.”
For more information, call the Gardiner Ranger District at (406) 848-7375.