Construction work was scheduled to begin this week at the Crater Creek Trailhead to expand parking and camping spots for larger vehicles, and improve traffic flow and turn-around space.

“Construction on this project was originally planned to begin in early August, but was delayed due to the fire closures,” said Methow Valley District Ranger Chris Furr. Work is expected to be completed this fall, he said.

The majority of the project is funded through a $174,812 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office that must be used this year. Once complete, the design changes will accommodate more vehicles and make it easier to turn around trailers.

The trailhead parking area will be closed during construction through early November, weather conditions permitting. The closure will include Forest Service Road #4340-300 from its junction with road #4340 to its end at the Crater Creek Trailhead and will prohibit all access on the road and the trailhead.

Crater Creek Trailhead is a frequently used jumping-off point for hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bike riders using the Crater Creek Trail #416, Martin Creek Trail #429 and Eagle Lakes Trail #431. The trails will remain open during construction, and can be accessed by the Foggy Dew Trailhead, which is located at the end of Forest Service Road #4340-200.

For more information about the Crater Creek Trailhead project, or about recreation opportunities on the Methow Valley Ranger District, contact the district office at 996-4000 or visit the forest web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/recreation.