FS 1702/Rock Creek Road
U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
For immediate release: November 4, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.
Contacts: Naches Ranger District Public Information Assistant Michelle King, 509-653-1420
Naches Ranger District Front Desk, 509-653-1401
Rock Creek Road Reopened
NACHES— The Naches Ranger District reopened Rock Creek Road, also known as Forest Road 1702, after construction was completed last week. This opening is just in time for Forest Road 1702 to once again become a Washington State Sno-Park with grooming beginning December 15th.
Rock Creek Road was one of 40 roads on the Naches and Cle Elum Ranger Districts damaged by the May 2011 flood event. Emergency Relief of Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) funds were secured to assist the Forest Service in addressing damage to Rock Creek and other roads. After an environmental analysis it was determined access on Forest Road 1702 was essential and a repair was analyzed.
“Repairing this road was a top priority for us,” said District Ranger Irene Davidson, “this is a popular road that accesses a large part of our District, I think everyone is happy to see it open.”
While Rock Creek was closed, the Sno-Park was temporarily moved to Forest Road 1701. “Rock Creek provides an overall nicer snow park experience that is easier for large vehicles to access,” said WA State Sno-Parks Groomer Roger Brittain, “this reopened route is great for families wanting to access the Bald Mountain area.”
The Sno-Park on Rock Creek is easier to access and has a larger turnaround area compared to the temporary park on Forest Road 1701. Opening Rock Creek also will allow winter travelers the ability to come from Manastash Ridge all the way down to destinations along Highway 410.
Beyond considering public access needs, the Naches Ranger District had to ensure that all construction actions met necessary wildlife and aquatic standards. The damaged area is in close proximity to the Naches River and important fish habitat.
Additional ERFO funding is secured for improving the road surface on Forest Road 1600; however, repairs have been delayed until next spring. This road accesses the Nile Mill Site and will remain open. The construction on Forest Road 1702 concludes road work for the District for this year.