Icicle Creek Road Open October 8 2011
According to a recent press release from the USFS:
Icicle Creek Road (FS Rd #76) on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will reopen to motorized traffic October 8, in time for the Columbus Day holiday weekend.
Icicle Creek Road has been closed beyond Ida Creek because of extensive slides and flooding that destroyed the roadbed in 2008.
All major construction is complete on a new roadbed that is located on higher ground to alleviate interference with Icicle Creek and riparian functions. Some road maintenance work on the upper Icicle Road above the new construction work will continue if weather permits.
Campers again have full access to Blackpine Horse Camp and Rock Island developed campgrounds in the Icicle Valley. These campgrounds will not have full services this late in the fall, so bring potable water and “pack out your trash”. Chatter Creek Campground will remain closed to public use until campground maintenance is complete.
Motorized access to trailheads is once again possible. Icicle Gorge Trail is one of the most frequently used trails on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and is logged out and now accessible by vehicle.
“The road and construction crews have worked many long hours to establish the new roadbed, install culverts, remove mud and debris and make it safe for travel. We know how much people love to recreate in this valley and we are pleased to provide motorized access again,” said District Ranger Jeff Rivera.