There’s not a lot of time to prepare for the crowds at Yellowstone National Park — a point made clear by the first trail closure of the nascent 2009 season, as construction work on a popular, short trail will temporarily curtail the opportunity to view an iconic Yellowstone waterfall.
Park trail crews will work on the half-mile trail leading to Wraith Falls, a 100-foot cascade located a short distance off the Grand Loop Road east of Mammoth Hot Springs. The half -mile-long trail will be open every night and Friday through Sunday through May 28, but there will be no access to a view of the falls until the project is completed.
The Wraith Falls Trail restoration is funded by a donation from the Yellowstone Park Foundation. The restoration of this trail represents the 18th completed trail project made possible by the Yellowstone Trails Fund Initiative. In 2006 and 2007, the Yellowstone Park Foundation raised $2 million for the Initiative, with the goal of restoring 100 percent of the park’s most heavily used trails by 2016 — the centennial of the National Park Service.