NACHES, Wash. — Rock Creek Road (Forest Road 1702) is open again, following last week’s completion of construction to repair damages from a May 2011 flood event.
“Repairing this road was a top priority for us,” Naches District Ranger Irene Davidson said.
The opening is just in time for the Washington State Sno-Park to reopen on the 1702, with grooming set to begin Dec. 15.
During the closure, that Sno-Park had been temporarily moved to the 1701 road. The Rock Creek location, though, “provides an overall nicer Sno-Park experience that is easier for large vehicles to access,” said state Sno-Parks groomer Roger Brittain.
Rock Creek Road was one of 40 roads in the Naches and Cle Elum districts damaged by the 2011 floods. It’s a primary access to the Bald Mountain area, and also progress another exit route for winter travelers coming down from Manastash Ridge to destinations along State Route 410.
Repair work was done with federal Emergency Relief of Federally Owned (ERFO) Roads. ERFO money has also been secured for repairs to the 1600 road, scheduled for next spring.