Jun 4, 2015

Yellowstone's Brink of the Lower Falls Trail reopens after repairs

After drilling apart a massive boulder, cleaning up a mudslide and making repairs, crews have managed to reopen a popular Yellowstone National Park trail.
Park rangers on Thursday reopened the popular Brink of the Lower Falls Trail along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It had been closed in mid-May after the 7-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide boulder and mud slid down onto the trail amid heavy rain.

The repaired Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. Photo courtesy National Park Service
Crews used drills to break apart the boulder. Part of the rock was left in place to protect the trail from further rock fall, while the rest was used to help restore the damaged trails. As a precaution, crews also released some loose boulders on the slope above that may have come down and damaged the trail in the future. 

“This is a popular trail, and we’re glad to have it open and safe for the public again,” said Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend, said in a news release from the park service.
Rangers are reminding visitors that many trails and other areas are still saturated by recent rain and melting snow. Visitors need to be aware of their surroundings and footing throughout the park, the park service said.
Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor centers or backcountry offices.
How the trail looked shortly after the mud/rock slide. Photo courtesy National Park Service

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