Famed Timberline Trail restoration underway

The popular Mt. Hood trail will reopen in 2017 after partial closure since debris damage in 2006.

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“We’re thrilled to begin work on rerouting this trail to the new location so that crossing this area is safer for hikers,” said Claire Pitner, east side recreation manager for Mount Hood National Forest. The 1.5-mile reroute will minimize exposure to loose boulders, which otherwise could pose as hazards for hikers.

…Forest Service employees said finding a sustainable solution was difficult given the mountain’s unstable geology of loose rock and melting glaciers. The cost was also an issue, given Timberline Trail has been rerouted many times in the past due to similar problems.

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