Lakeshore Trail and Flick Creek Camp reopen in
The Lakeshore Trail along Lake Chelan has reopened from Stehekin to the National Recreation Area boundary, making the entire 17.2 mile trail open to hikers from Stehekin to Prince Creek. Flick Creek Camp, 3.5 miles south of Stehekin on the Lakeshore Trail, has also reopened.
The Flick Creek Fire, which burned from the end of July through October 2006, necessitated the closure of these and several other recreational resources. A new bridge is being constructed over Purple Creek on the Imus Creek Loop Trail. This short nature trail, located near the Golden West Visitor Center, will re-open by May 1, 2007. Because of extensive trail work in progress, the Purple Creek Trail will remain closed until further notice.
Hikers along the Lakeshore Trail should expect to see patches of burned area with pockets of unburned vegetation. In the areas affected by fire, wildflowers are blooming and many wildlife species are returning, making this an exciting time to explore and discover the natural cycle of change that follows a wildland fire.
Although numerous efforts have been taken to reduce hazards, all hikers should use caution and be aware of their surroundings. The potential for debris flow, surface erosion and flash flooding exists in fire affected areas and is greatest where major drainages cross the trail. Please do not linger in these areas, especially when it is raining. Wind can blow trees down across the trail. Even trees that appear healthy may have root damage and could be blown over during strong winds. Watch for rolling rocks and falling debris in areas with a steep slope above you. Park trails are maintained for your safety, so it is important to stay on the trail. Off-trail areas remain hazardous. Camping is only allowed in designated campsites in the National Recreation Area.
Did You Know?
In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.