Hikers will be turned away from Hope’s Dragon Back trail during a couple of closures to accommodate heli-logging operations. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hikers will be turned away from Hope’s Dragon Back trail during a couple of closures to accommodate heli-logging operations. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Heli-logging causing limited closures of Hope’s Dragon Back trail

The trail is closed June 20 to 23 and July 4 to 7, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each time

Hope’s popular Dragon’s Back trail has been closed for part of this week to accommodate heli-logging, and will be closed again for four days in early July.

In a post on Facebook June 21, 2022, the Hope Mountain Centre (HMC) for Outdoor Learning said it is taking too long for hikers to cover the distance between two flaggers who are positioned on the trail.

As a result, “helicopters have been delayed in their flights and tree fallers have been sitting idle waiting for hikers to pass.”

Rather than have logging operations stretched out over several weeks, the decision was made to completely close the trail for limited periods of time.

This week has Cascade Lower Canyon Community Forest (CLCCF) flaggers in place June 20-23, turning hikers away from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They’ll be back July 4-7, during the same hours.

“The trail will always be open on weekends, and still available on weekdays after 2 p.m.,” the HMC post noted. “Given the long daylight hours, that still allows for a significant hiking window in the afternoon and evenings during those weekday closures.”

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