Wednesday, 04 October 2023

Forest opens several campgrounds and trailheads, while some remain closed due to hazards

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Forest officials are opening several campgrounds and trailheads that had been closed for public safety after wildfire damage.

Some facilities will remain under a temporary closure order until the hazards can be safely mitigated, according to Forest Order 08-23-05.

Recreation sites that are now opened include West Crockett Campground and Trailhead, Sugar Spring Campground, Smokehouse Ridge Trailhead and Soldier Ridge Trailhead.

Recreation sites that will remain closed are Cedar Camp Campground, Copper Butte Trailhead, Hammerhorn Campground, Lower Nye Campground and Plaskett Meadows Campground.

“The number of facilities closed is greatly reduced from our previous closure, and we are actively working on getting these available for public use,” said Grindstone District Ranger Loren Everest.

The Forest Service has crews and contractors working to address the large number of hazard trees still remaining in the closed recreation areas.

The public should be cautious around heavy equipment, which will be moving into project areas soon, particularly along Forest Highway 7 and near the Plaskett Keller and Hammerhorn Campgrounds.

Current information on campgrounds and trailheads can be found on the forest website at

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