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Recent Rains Force Wet Weather Trail Closure in Mendocino National Forest’s Upper Lake Ranger District

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The following is a press release from the Mendocino National Forest:


Looking northeast at the hills of the Mendocino National Forest from the Ukiah Valley [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Mendocino National Forest officials have issued a wet weather trail closure for the Upper Lake Ranger District, beginning 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Forest Order No. 08-22-09 will remain in effect there is no measurable precipitation for 48 hours at the Howard Mill rain gauge.

The restrictions prohibit the use of motor vehicles on National Forest System trails within the Upper Lake Ranger District on the Mendocino National Forest.

Temporary wet weather trail closures go into effect when two inches of rainfall occur within a 24-hour period or when the soils are saturated. Wet weather trail closures restrict the use of motor vehicles on National Forest System trails when conditions are too wet to sustain use without causing soil loss, impacting water quality, damaging trail tread and putting public safety at risk.

These limited duration closures will remain in place until no measurable precipitation is recorded within 48 consecutive hours. By issuing these closures as precipitation events occur, forest managers provide for public safety, protect natural resources during and after storms and allow time for trails to dry out prior to resuming use. The restrictions may be implemented anytime during fall and winter seasons through June 2024.

The following persons are exempt from this Order:

  1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire-fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  2. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.

Trail users can check the precipitation data online before traveling to the forest.

When closures occur, information will be posted on the forest website and social media.

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