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Lake Serene Closed Until July 1

Posted by Rachel Wendling at Feb 08, 2018 03:22 PM |
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This popular trail in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will be closed until the first of July due to nearby logging activity.

Starting this week, the Forest Service will temporarily close the popular Lake Serene trailhead and trail due to nearby logging activity. The trail is set to reopen on July 1.

Lake Serene by schearanee.jpegLake Serene. Photo by schearanee.

As we reported earlier, a portion of land around the Lake Serene trail traverses through private property owned by Weyerhaeuser, a Washington-based timber company. This winter, Weyerhaeuser began the logging process on their property near the Lake Serene trail. To ensure public safety, access to the trail and trailhead will be temporarily closed while the logging occurs.

Thankfully, with the help of Forterra and over 600 generous donors, Forterra was able to purchase a portion of the property directly adjacent to the Lake Serene trail and prevent a vital section of trail from being logged. Due to the sale, the logging activity will now leave 500-foot forested buffers around the trail corridor and leave the parking lot and bathrooms even better than before.


Mountaincraft on Lake Serene Closed Until July 1

With a 500 foot buffer on each side of the trail, why does it need to be closed for "nearby logging"? There are no logging roads that cross the trail ... ?

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Mountaincraft on Feb 12, 2018 11:26 AM

Not Yet Old Hiker on Lake Serene Closed Until July 1

I agree with Mountaincraft. Why close the trail if we got a 500 buffer? Will someone from WTA please reply?

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Not Yet Old Hiker on Mar 12, 2018 04:49 PM

Rachel Wendling on Lake Serene Closed Until July 1

Hi Mountaincraft and Not Yet Old Hiker - although the trail itself will not be logged, nearby logging activity in addition to trucks and equipment moving in and out of the trailhead will cause a public safety concern. Until the logging is complete, the trail must remain closed.

If you have more questions about the closure, you can contact the Skykomish Ranger District at (360) 677-2414.

-- Rachel Wendling, WTA Communications Associate

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Rachel Wendling on Mar 14, 2018 11:43 AM

Blondie54 on Lake Serene Closed Until July 1

Does anyone know where the closure starts to get to the trail head and if 4WD rigs can get around it? I still plan on hiking this soon. Weyerhaeuser is not going to stop me just because they want to kill a bunch of trees.

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Blondie54 on May 15, 2018 12:10 AM

Sbutton on Lake Serene Closed Until July 1

I stopped by today, it is still closed.

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Sbutton on Jul 27, 2018 02:16 PM