The Hanging Lake trail suffered significant damage from last year’s Grizzly Creek fire with blackened trees and fallen timber in many places, but it was open for hiking this summer until the torrential rains came in July. Those rains caused massive mudslides in Grizzly Creek wildfire burn scars. Now there are huge rock piles along the narrow canyon from debris flows that have diverted the creek in places.
Forest Service officials conducted a media tour on Wednesday to inspect the damage. Trail specialists will soon inspect the trail to begin the process of trying to figure out the best way to rebuild it for future generations. That could take two years or more.
Read more: When Hanging Lake trail reopens after mudslide damage it could look much different, be more difficult hike
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