A closure to note for any upcoming Yellowstone National Park visit: The Chittenden Road and trailhead parking area, along with the Mount Washburn Trail via the Chittenden Road, will close August 6-8.
The closures will take part in two parts. On August 6-8, the summit of Mount Washburn will be inaccessible. On August 9-27, the summit of Mount Washburn will be accessible only via the Chittenden trailhead parking area.
The Chittenden Road and trailhead parking area are located north of Canyon Junction and are a popular hiking spot. According to National Park Service officials, these closures are necessary for public safety and to stage material (44,000 pounds of log pilings and concrete, four dump truck loads of cold mix asphalt and three dump truck loads of weed-free gravel) in support of the following improvements:
- replacement of a deteriorated multi-tiered log crib that structurally supports the Mount Washburn Trail (shown below)
- repair of the unpaved Chittenden Road and resurfacing of the historic Mount Washburn Fire Lookout parking area
It’s already been announced that the Mount Washburn Trail and trailhead parking lot at Dunraven Pass will close this summer for improvements August 6-27. Located 4.5 miles north of Canyon Junction, the trail and trailhead parking lot work will include the replacement of a deteriorated multi-tiered log crib that structurally supports the trail.
Top photo by Diane Renkin, National Park Service.