Rec Alert Updates: Harvest activities & road work might affect your visits to NW Washington

Blog updated: October 9, 2014

Timber harvests and road work are potential hazards when using DNR-managed lands for recreation.

This blog will help keep you aware of forest activity on DNR-managed land in Northwest Washington over the next month.

A truck loaded down with timber is driving down a forest road

Be aware of logging trucks and pull off to the side in a designated pull out if you see one coming your way. Photo by: DNR

Here are the latest recreation alerts:

  • New! Blanchard State Forest — Road building and timber harvest activities will restrict access to the north end of Blanchard Mountain through December 31.
  • Harry Osborne State Forest — Read more to learn updates on the Wrangler Connection Trail and Mac Johnson Trail closures.
  • Stewart Mountain — Heavy truck traffic continues on the Olsen Creek Road System.
  • New! North Fork Road System — The North Fork road system is closed for the fall for road construction.
  • New! Alger/Anderson Mountain — Mountain gate is now open for the remainder of the year.

Check back frequently, as we will post updates here as they become available.

Blanchard Mountain

Please use extreme caution when visiting north Blanchard Mountain during summer harvest activities. Photo by: DNR

Blanchard State Forest - updated 11/7/2014
The Lady Caroline Timber Sale will cause heavy truck traffic and intermittent road closures on the north end of Blanchard State Forest.

During forest work, all visitors should expect unfamiliar conditions, delays, and exercise caution on roads.

  • Extended until December 31, 2014: Timber harvest and log haul – road closures to horses Monday through Friday

The road beyond the Blanchard Forest Block – Upper Trailhead will be closed to horses Monday through Friday throughout this project. Visitors are reminded to please drive slowly and give loaded log trucks the right of way.

Though the gate may be open at times, there is no public vehicle access beyond the upper trailhead. The gate may be locked at any time.

View a map of the affected area. Check back with this blog frequently for updates.

Harry Osborne State Forest - updated 8/6/2014
Timber harvest activities have begun in the Harry Osborne State Forest.

Wrangler Connection Trail
A portion of the trail that was closed during timber harvest on the Horsepower Timber Sale has now reopened. Visitors should expect unfamiliar conditions and be aware of possible logging truck traffic in the area. View a map of the trail section that was closed.

Click to see larger map of the Wrangler Connection Trail Closure starting April 7.

Click to see larger map of the Wrangler Connection Trail Closure starting April 7.

Mac Johnson Trail Reopened- updated 8/6/2014
Work on the Mac Johnson Trail (also in the Harry Osborne State Forest) is complete and this trail is now open to the public.

Special thanks to the Skagit Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington for all of their volunteer work repairing the Mac Johnson Trail. Photo by: DNR

Special thanks to the Skagit Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington for all of their volunteer work repairing the Mac Johnson Trail. Photo by: DNR

Skagit Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen has completed a major reconstruction of the Mac Johnson Trail. Group members provided thousands of hours of volunteer labor on this project.

Stewart Mountain - updated 8/6/2014
Road building activities are complete on the Olsen Creek Road System — accessible by Y Rd in Whatcom County. This area is commonly known as Stewart Mountain. Non-motorized users should exercise caution while using the forest roads. Timber harvest will begin later in 2014. Keep an eye on this page for updates

North Fork Road System/Slide Mountain/Racehorse Creek - updated 9/29/2014

Mount Baker seen from Blanchard Forest

A view of Mount Baker from the upper reaches of Blanchard Forest. Photo: DNR.

Users can expect the North Fork road system to be closed for road construction through the end of autumn. The area was previously open during construction but extensive vandalism and equipment damage has forced DNR staff to close the gate.

Non-motorized users should exercise caution and expect unfamiliar road conditions during this time.

Alger/Anderson Mountain - Updated 10/9/2014
The Alger/Anderson Mountain gate is now open for the rest of the year to provide recreational hunting access.

Remember these rules when recreating on Alger/Anderson Mountain:

  • No fires are allowed in this area
  • Leave no trace: pack out what you pack in
  • Do not travel off designated roads
  • Do not go around closed gates
  • Please respect private property boundaries

For more information on any of these notices, contact the DNR Northwest Region office at 360-856-3500 or

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