SFNF issues temporary closure order for East Fork Trail 137

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The Santa Fe National Forest closed a 3-mile segment of Forest Trail 137 Monday, also known as the East Fork Trail until the end of the year.

Forest officials closed the trail while crews work on a 178-acre unit of the Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

The closure starts at the East Fork Trailhead off N.M. 4 and extends three miles to the east.

The restricted area includes the picnic area at the East Fork Trailhead and 300 feet on either side of that 3-mile segment of the trail.

Crews will conduct mechanical thinning under a project task order to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire along the trail and in the surrounding forest. The project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore forest and watershed health on 210,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains.

During the closure, visitors to the area will still have access to multiple recreation opportunities, according to forest officials.

• Starting from the Las Conchas Trailhead, the first mile of the East Fork Trail will remain open. This stretch includes popular rock climbing walls and access to the East Fork Jemez River. It is also part of the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

• The Las Conchas Day Use Site will remain open for picnics, fishing and hiking.

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