Motorized trail closures imposed in Danskin Mountains
The Boise National Forest Mountain Home Ranger District has extended the closure for motorized access on all trails in the Danskin Mountain OHV (off highway vehicle) Area to minimize trail damage and protect resources due to lingering snow and continued rainfall that have led to very wet trail conditions.
Acting District Ranger Michael Brady extended the closure beyond April 10, after District staff inspected part of the trail system and encountered snow, tread damage, down trees and cut slope failure.
“We know this is a popular area for motorized trail users and we are asking them to help us maintain trail integrity and protect wildlife by delaying use during the spring snow melt,” said Brady. “We are monitoring trail conditions weekly and will open the area to motorized travel as soon as possible.” The closure extends through May, 31, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor allowing the trail system to dry out and for crews to complete needed repairs.
Annually, trail restrictions are put in place starting Jan. 1 and last through the early season in order to reduce potential motor vehicle damage on soft or muddy trails. This closure prohibits all motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle travel on designated trails within the Danskin Mountains OHV Area.
The Danskin Mountains OHV Area is located about 20 miles east of Boise and involves nearly 160 miles of designated motorized use trails. Primary access routes and area trailheads are signed with the closure order. Citizens observing illegal activity are encouraged to report violators to Forest Service law enforcement officers.
Further information is available by contacting the Mountain Home Ranger District office at 208-587-7961.
To view the detailed description of the closure and map visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.