The last 7 miles of the Forest Road #2703, Circle Creek Road is facing pending decommissioning. Why do we think this road is so important to save? This well constructed road ends at a landing suitable for trailhead parking near the Forest Service built trail accessing both Crystal Lake & Circle Peak making both of these trails realistic day hikes. The Circle Creek Road accesses important locations for tribal gathering of traditional plants & other resources. It allows the Forest Service Trail Crew to access these two trails for affordable maintenance and repairs. We believe this important road needs to be preserved and we have volunteers with Friends For Public Use ready to adopt it once it is opened to do routine road checks and keeping it clean. There are very few remaining forest roads accessing high elevation day hikes in the Darrington Ranger District and we believe this road needs to protected from decommissioning and remain a part of our American heritage.
Constructed Circle Peak Forest Service Trail, photo by Martha RasmussenThe Circle Peak Trail is a well constructed trail traveling along Circle Creek, beautiful meadows then climbing into an amazing array of wildflowers and mountain vistas. Keeping the Circle Creek Road open will allow workers access to this trail as well as the Crystal Lake trail for maintenance. If this road is decommissioned the Trail Crew will need to access these trails by hiking several miles on the closed Meadow Mountain Road and reconstructed Circle Creek Road.
The wildflowers of Circle Peak, photo by Martha RasmussenWorkers will then need to continue up a steep unbuilt trail to the drainage of Crystal Lake where the Forest Service built trail begins. If trail work is slated for the Circle Peak trail, workers must hike beyond Crystal Lake continuing on the Forest Service built trail with a steady climb ending at an elevation of 5,983 feet to Circle Peak. Budgets for both forest roads and trails are declining and having sensible access for maintenance only makes sense. We at DARA are working to preserve our valuable forest roads and outdoor recreation by partnering stewardship programs that will generate revenues needed for both trail and forest road access to outdoor recreation.
Partners For Saving Circle Creek Road