Well it looks like another forest service road will soon be off limits for backroad explorations.
Today, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest was scheduled to close the last 7 of the 25 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road to all motor vehicles. The road will be maintained as a trail for hikers and mountain bikers, resulting in making multiple popular day hikes into overnighters.
The forest service cited “kegger parties”, theft, vandalism and the costs to maintain the road. The closure was also supported by environmental and hiker groups.
More closures of forest roads are on the horizon. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is taking public comment on its Recreation Site Facility Master Plan. More than 200 sites are being reviewed in the plan. Public meetings are scheduled. For more information regarding this planning process, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/rsfmp/.