Temporary Closure of the Popular Eagle Nest Trail Near Cascade

Tuesday June 13, 2023

Cascade, ID – Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) will temporarily close a portion of the Eagle Nest Trail 111 for safety during an upcoming timber harvest on endowment land near Cascade, Idaho.

The Two Face Ton timber harvest is located about five miles northeast of Cascade and the eastern sale boundary runs adjacent to the recreation trail that is popular for motorcyclists, horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers.

Approximately 4 miles of the trail between the Warm Lake Road and the Eagles Nest-Gold Fork Road 400 will temporarily close from June 19, 2023, through October 1, 2023, but could reopen earlier if the harvest operations finish early.

Signs regarding the closure will be posted at the Eagle Nest 111 Trailhead off Warm Lake Road and at the Junction of the Eagle Nest-Gold Fork Road 400.

The section of the Eagle Nest Trail north of the 400 road will remain open but there will be heavy log truck traffic in the area, caution is needed if accessing the trail from this location.

The Two Face Ton is a select harvest of approximately 2,205,000 board feet of timber worth approximately $353,666, which will benefit Idaho’s public schools. The sale area will be replanted with seedlings and will have some natural regeneration.

Endowment Lands are different than other types of publicly managed land. In accordance with Idaho’s Constitution, it is held in a legal trust for the sole purpose of financially supporting specific beneficiaries, primarily public schools. The Idaho Constitution requires endowment lands to be managed to maximize revenue for the beneficiaries. Last year timber sales statewide brought in more than $77 million dollars of revenue for the beneficiaries. IDL is a careful steward of endowment land ensuring it will be productive and enjoyed for generations to come.

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Sharla Arledge
Public Information Officer