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Contact: Jim Richardson, (530)242-3413
With the arrival of rain predicted to begin by this weekend and continue well into next week, the National Park Service will close the James K. Carr trail to Whiskeytown Falls. The James K. Carr trail to Whiskeytown Falls was temporarily re-opened until the rains returned. The closure, which is effective immediately, is expected to continue throughout the remainder of the wet season.
The National Park Service has already closed many trails and roads that were impacted by this summer’s wildfires. The potential for large scale mudslides and debris flows is high during and after rain events and snow melt. These flows can impact the watersheds of Boulder Creek, Brandy Creek and Crystal Creek, including all of the roads, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas in these watersheds. The National Park Service put these closures in place following the first rain of the season.
Signs are already in place warning the public of all closures and hazards. “Keeping visitors safe is our highest priority, these debris flows can become avalanches of mud, trees, rock and water and be extremely dangerous and come with very little warning,” stated Superintendent Jim Milestone. “We were happy to be able to temporarily open the trail to Whiskeytown Falls” continued Milestone.
For further information please contact the Whiskeytown Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225 or visit the Whiskeytown website at www.nps.gov/whis.