Trail opened after winter closure

April 15, 2007 11:00 pm

Little Bald Hills Trail in Redwood National and State Parks has reopened to the public.

The trail closed through winter to lessen the spread of Port-Orford-cedar root disease. About one mile of trail has been re-routed to avoid an area infested with the disease and reduce the chance of its spread.

The trail beyond the parks, extending south onto U.S. Forest Service lands in Smith River National Recreation Area, has also reopened.

Little Bald Hills trail starts within Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, crosses National Park Service lands and connects with the Paradise Trail on U.S. Forest Service lands.

The seasonal trail closures aimed to protect natural resources in Redwood National and State Parks that border Smith River National Recreation Area and the surrounding region.

Spores spread the fungal Port-Orford-cedar root disease and humans can carry those spores while walking, horseback riding, biking or driving through infected areas. That transport grows easier by mud created during rainy seasons.

Rerouting the trail around the infested areas aims to limit the spread of the disease that kills the native Port-Orford cedar.

—Triplicate staff