Mountain of the Rogue trails slated to re-open July 30
Medford, Ore. — Bureau of Land Management officials have been working hard to re-open popular downhill biking and hiking trails at the Mountain of the Rogue recreation area after damage from the North River Road Fire, which started June 19.
Portions of the Rat Pack, PB & J, Pay Dirt, and Freewheel trails were impacted and required extensive reconstruction. The BLM will partially re-open the trail system July 30. Significant progress has been on trail repairs; however, long term closures on some trails are likely until the area receives enough moisture to compact the work that has been completed. Currently PB&J Trail and Freewheel Trail will remain closed to the public.
“We appreciate the community’s support and patience in continuing to respect the trail closure until we’re able to safely reopen,” said Jared Nichol, Butte Falls Field Manager. “Mountain of the Rogue is one of the BLM’s Backyard to Backcountry treasures and provides world-class riding experiences.”
Until trails officially reopen, members of the public may not enter closed areas, and all uses—including mountain biking, hiking, and hunting — are prohibited. The BLM is working as quickly as possible to stabilize the area and create safe conditions for public access.
Maps of the closure areas, as well as a list of personal use restrictions, are available on the Bureau of Land Management’s website: https://blm.gov/orwafire
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.