Just as it has done for each of the past two seasons, the Naches Ranger District announced Friday it will be closing its motorized trails from April 1 through June 15.
The closure, which comes with the caveat that the district “will open trails earlier if drier conditions warrant,” is in response to what district officials believe are muddy enough conditions that motorized use would increase erosion and require additional trail maintenance.
Although the closure is on motorized trails only, the closure applies to all users on those trails, whether motorized or non-motorized. That means those motorized trails will also be closed to hikers, bikers and horse riders.
Because volunteer trail-maintenance crews are typically on the trails well before June 15 to remove downed trees and other leftovers from winter weather, approved volunteers will permitted on certain trails during the closure.