DNR closes portion of Tiger Mountain trail

September 7, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2009

About 1.5 miles of Northwest Timber Trail on Tiger Mountain have been closed and will reopen April 15, according to state Department of Natural Resources officials.

The trail was closed due to timber harvest operations that started Sept. 3.

Because of the timber sale activity, officials closed the trail before the Oct. 15 seasonal closure. DNR officials advised people to use extreme caution in the area due to heavy truck traffic and to avoid the area during midweek, when traffic is heaviest.

The timber harvest will generate revenue to support school construction, construction at the state capitol campus and county services, according to a DNR news release.

DNR staffers posted closure signs and detour information at the trail. A bypass reroutes users from the Eastside Road to the Power Line Road, which connects to the western end of Northwest Timber Trail.

The Northwest Timber Trail is most popular with mountain bikers who use the trail to complete a loop ride that includes the Preston Railroad Trail.

The Northwest Timber, Preston and Iverson trails are multiuse, nonmotorized trails in the Tiger Mountain area designed for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The trails are open seasonally, they typically close Oct. 15 each year and reopen April 15.

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