Although it is early for hikers, Umpqua National Forest officials closed the popular Toketee Falls Trail after more than a dozen trees fell across the trail and platform. The damage was caused by unusually high snowfall and has rendered the 0.4-mile trail unsafe for visitors.
In addition, the parking area, restroom and picnic site are closed because of safety concerns. Forest Service specialists are assessing the damage to determine a strategy for reopening the trail, which may be in 2009.
Gina Freel, the Forest’s staff officer in charge of recreation, encourages people to visit other waterfalls trails in the area such as Watson Falls, Yakso Falls and Falls Creek Trail, when the trails are clear of melting snow.
For more information on hiking options, contact the Umpqua National Forest at 672-6601 for a copy of "Thundering Waters", a waterfalls brochure covering the Umpqua National Forest and Roseburg District BLM.