Forest Service tenting, recreation areas broken in fires reopening


Virtually all recreation areas impacted by the Tamarack Fire closure in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will reopen for the spring and summer season, and most closed areas in El Dorado National Forest will reopen.

All US Forest Service trailheads, trails, and roads in the Tamarack burned area are now accessible in Humboldt-Toiyabe.

Crystal Springs is near Woodfords and remains closed due to concerns about the stability of the hill above the campground. The upper campgrounds at Markleeville Campground, located just outside of the town of Markleeville, will reopen while the lower portion remains closed due to flooding.

Hope Valley, Kit Carson, Silver Creek, Centerville Flat and Wolf Creek campgrounds will also reopen.

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The Carson Ranger District has mitigated tree hazards in the Pleasant Valley and Thornburg Canyon areas. The trees were donated to community members and the Washoe tribe for firewood.

Some road repairs in damaged areas were completed in winter 2021; Further road works are planned for the coming summer.

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In the Eldorado National Forest, many areas that were closed due to Caldor fire damage will also reopen on April 1. However, some trails, roads and recreation areas remain closed, including:

  • Capps Crossing campsite
  • Gray Rock campsite
  • Silver Fork Campground
  • Martin Meadows campsite
  • China Flat Campground and day area
  • Eagle Rock Day Use Area
  • 42 Milestone Day usage area
  • Starting point of the Caples Creek hiking trail
  • Caple’s Equestrian Trailhead
  • Starting point of the Lyons Creek trail
  • Pyramid Creek trailhead
  • Elkins Flat OHV staging area and trail system
  • 11N46 (Alder Creek Road)
  • 10N40 (Plum Creek Road)

Remaining hazards include missing signage, burned bridges, impassable trails, burned stump holes, root chambers and ash pits, landslides and falling rocks, hazardous material from burned structures, displaced wildlife, and the possibility of flash floods and debris flows during some periods of heavy rain.

Note: This story has been updated to clarify which portions of the campgrounds are reopening at Markleeville Campground.

Amy Alonzo covers the Nature, Recreation and Environment sections for Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Reach her at [email protected] In this way you can support ongoing reporting and local journalism.