FRASER – The U.S. Forest Service is planning improvements to the popular Byers Peak Trailhead, which will be closed for three days while the project is completed.
Located in the Fraser Experimental Forest, the trailhead accesses a 4-mile long bike/hike to the summit of Byers Peak.
In recent years, the trailhead parking area has deteriorated, according to agency officials. Beginning this week, Forest Service crews began replacing a damaged culvert just below the parking area and address potholes. As a result, the trailhead will be closed July 23 through July 25.
Hikers wishing to climb Byers Peak during that time may access it from the Lake Evelyn Trailhead. As Crooked Creek Road (FSR 139) may also be closed to through traffic on and off this week for road repairs, plan on accessing the west Byers Peak trailhead from Parshall.
Similar bike/hike/summit opportunities are available in the Fraser Experimental Forest to St. Louis Peak and Mt. Nystrom; however, both roads have experienced significant damage between the parking area and the hiking portion of the trail. Be prepared to carry bikes across major washouts in the road.
In previous years, Fool Creek and St. Louis Creek roads opened once or twice a year to allow vehicular access to the hiking portion of the trailhead. Because there is no parking or turnaround below the washouts, gates will not open to motor vehicle access in 2014. Mangers of the Fraser Experimental Forest and Sulphur Ranger District are discussing options for addressing maintenance issues on these roads.
For the latest information about the status and condition of Sulphur Ranger District roads, call 970-887-4100 or sign up for email updates at SRDupdates@fs.fed.us.