Both Canyon Creek and Glacier Creek roads on the north end of the Mount Baker Ranger District are open for motor vehicle traffic.
Closed for more than 18 months after runoff from a January 2011 storm plugged a creek culvert, causing a washout at milepost 1.7, Canyon Creek Road reopened Friday, Nov. 1, following a rebuilding project that involved the use of a specialized engineering fix with "soil nails."
Canyon Creek Road is the mainline link to several shorter spur roads in the basin northeast of the town of Glacier, including West Church Road, Canyon Ridge Road, Whistle Creek Road and Bearpaw Road. It also provides access to the Canyon Ridge, Boundary Way and Damfino Forest Service trails, plus angler-built paths to Church and Bearpaw lakes.
Glacier Creek Road sustained damage May 12, when a spring storm triggered a slide below the road that eventually undermined it. The same engineered fix with soil nails to rebuild a stable location for the road was used at the milepost 2.7 damage site.
Both these routes enter areas popular for summer recreation and they're also the only two road-based groomed trail systems open for snowmobiling in the Nooksack Basin during the winter months.
Both reconstruction repairs were paid for with federal funds under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
In other forest road news, Wells Creek Road closed for the season to protect wildlife at milepost 0.6 just above the Nooksack Falls parking area, which will still be accessible by car. Wells Creek reopens each year at the first of July.
North Fork Nooksack Road is blocked by a large blowdown tree at milepost 0.35. This one-mile long route accesses the Nooksack Cirque trailhead at Ruth Creek.
The Mount Baker Highway section up from Heather Meadows to Austin Pass and Artist Point is closed for the season.