Mine cleanup to impact trails, bus


Some trails near Holden Village will be closed, and a bus service at Lucerne will only operate on weekends when cleanup of the Holden Mine begins this spring.

Starting May 1, the school bus that brings guests from Lady of the Lake boat service to Holden Village will operate only on Saturdays and Sundays. The Lutheran retreat plans to serve mine remediation workers instead of guests from May 1 through November, its website says.

Hikers, who sometimes plan to use the bus service during the week or stay overnight at Holden Village, are asked to make other plans this summer.

A U.S. Forest Service campground less than a mile west of Holden Village at the entrance to Glacier Peak Wilderness will remain open.

Some of the area’s most popular trails — including the Pacific Crest Trail, Glacier Peak Wilderness trail systems, and the Hart Lake/Lyman Lake Trail No. 1256 — will remain open for through hikers.

Several other trails will be closed until the cleanup is complete, including Lower Railroad Creek Trail to the mine site, Goat Trail, Tailings Bypass trail, part of Copper Falls Trail, Copper Creek Trail, Miners Interpretive Trail, and Monkey Bear Falls Trail.