U.S. Forest Service officials explain why some trails remain closed long after fire is out

Hikers headed to Jefferson Park, at the flank of majestic Mount Jefferson, will have to find a different route into the popular backcountry destination for the foreseeable future.

The Whitewater Trail, the shortest and easiest hike into what visitors call “Jeff Park,” remains closed due to damage from last season’s Whitewater Fire. Other trails in the Willamette National Forest, including some in the Fall Creek area near Eugene, also are still closed because of the monumental 2017 fire season.

Source: U.S. Forest Service officials explain why some trails remain closed long after fire is out