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Forest Service's Suiattle River Road repaired and opened

Celebrating the reopening of the Suiattle River Road (FSR 26), the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is holding a reopening reception ceremony from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Darrington Community Center, 570 Sauk Avenue in Darrington.

Leaders of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe as well as local and federal elected officials are scheduled to talk and the reception also will have in attendance residents of the Darrington community and various business, social and recreational groups.

This forest arterial on the Darrington Ranger District northeast of the town of Darrington was significantly damaged in flooding caused by severe storms that occurred in 2003 and again in 2006. Trails and campgrounds throughout the Suiattle River valley and elsewhere in Northwest Washington also were damaged.

Forest Service Road 26 is a 23-mile long route which serves as one of the main westside accesses to footpaths entering the Glacier Peak Wilderness and area's section of the Pacific Crest Trail as well as a number of popular trails and forest camping areas.