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Brink of the Lower Falls Trail Reopened Today

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avatar Brink of the Lower Yellowstone Falls Trail Closed Due to Rock and Mud Slide
May 23, 2015 02:23PM
Heavy rain and snow over the weekend caused a rock and mud slide across the Brink of the Lower Falls trail, prompting rangers to close the trail until further notice. One rock that crashed down is nearly 7 feet tall and 8 feet long, effectively blocking the trail. "We know this is a popular trail, and as soon as conditions dry out, we will work to clear the trail," said Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend. "Right now the entire slope above the trail is still wet and unstable making it unsafe for crews to work in the area."

Due to the wet conditions, the trail crew is evaluating the area to determine the likelihood of more slides and the best course of action to reopen the trail. Visitors may still hike the North Rim Trail, but rangers ask that people respect the closure on the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

As the busy holiday weekend approaches, rangers remind visitors that many trails and other areas are saturated by recent rain and snow. Visitors need to be aware of their surroundings and footing throughout the park. Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor's centers or backcountry offices.


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avatar Brink of the Lower Falls Trail Reopened Today
June 05, 2015 01:06AM
Rangers reopened the popular Brink of the Lower Falls Trail Thursday after crews removed a large boulder, cleaned up a mud slide and repaired damage to the trail caused by heavy rains in May. Crews used drills to break apart the 7-feet-tall and 8-feet-long boulder that came down and blocked the trail. Part of the boulder remains in place on the trail to act as a catch basin to protect the trail from further rock fall. The crews used the remaining pieces in the restoration of the damaged trail. As a precaution, crews also released some loose boulders on the slope above that may have come down and damaged the trail in the future.

"This is a popular trail, and we're glad to have it open and safe for the public again," said Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend.

Rangers remind visitors that many trails and other areas are still saturated by recent rain and snowmelt. Visitors need to be aware of their surroundings and footing throughout the park. Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor centers or backcountry offices.
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