Trailhead and trails closed in Sky Lakes wilderness

US Forest Service

 

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Cold Springs Trailhead, Cold Springs and South Rock Creek trails, and Heavenly Twin Lakes basin area are closed to the public due to the 22.5-acre Cold Springs Fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Also closed is Forest Service Road 3651 (Cold Springs Road) from the junction of Forest Service Road 3659 to the Cold Springs Trailhead.

These closures were necessary to ensure public safety during fire operations,” said Margaret David Bailey, District Ranger for the Klamath Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. “Once the fire is declared controlled, the trails and trailhead will be reopened for public use.”

The Sky Lakes Wilderness can still be accessed from Cherry Creek, Fourmile Lake, Mt. McLoughlin, Nannie Creek, Sevenmile and Summit trailheads. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through the Sky Lakes Wilderness is open, but parts of the PCT are closed on the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests due to the Butte Fire. Information about closures on the Pacific Crest Trail is available at http://www.pcta.org.

Fire danger throughout south central Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be sure what public use restrictions are in place for the areas they plan to recreate on. For updated information, please call the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) fire information hotline at 541-947-6223.