Forest trail burned in Cougar Creek Fire has reopened after extensive repairs

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U.S. Forest Service photo

After being closed for a year for recovery work from the 2018 Cougar Creek Fire, the Lower Mad River Trail has reopened.

The U.S. Forest said Thursday that workers from the Northwest Youth Corps, Forest Service trail crews and volunteers from the Northwest Motorcycle Association have built a new bridge, cleared burned trees, widened trails and even moved some large rocks.

The trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horses and dirt bikes from the Pine Flats Trailhead to trail No. 1413 and from Maverick Saddle to the junction of trail No. 1416.

However, like all trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Pine Flats Trailhead remains closed and visitors will need to park elsewhere and walk to the trailhead.

Also a portion of the trail, from No. 1416 to No. 1413 is still closed to horses and motorbikes. That stretch still has two missing bridges and mountain bikers and hikers will have some difficulty crossing.

The lightning-caused Cougar Creek Fire burned more than 43,000 acres.