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Winter, USFS close Weir Creek trailhead, hot springs for ‘safety concerns’

An area closure including the Weir Creek Trailhead, Weir Creek Trail, and Weir Creek Hot Springs was signed, Jan. 8, due to unsafe winter driving conditions, limited line of sight for those entering and exiting the parking area, and related public health and safety concerns.

According to a release from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the Weir Creek Trailhead and parking area, located on U.S. Highway 12 at milepost 142, has become incredibly dangerous due to heavy snow and winter driving conditions. Line of sight for traffic pulling in and out of the parking area is limited, as is parking due to heavy snow.

The vault toilet at the Weir Creek Trailhead has filled, raising concern from forest officials about public health and sanitation. Current weather and road conditions have prevented pumping of the vault toilet, and forest officials do not anticipate being able to pump it until conditions improve. Conditions will be evaluated frequently, and the toilet will be pumped as soon as possible.

Forest staff understand that Weir Creek Hot Springs is a very popular winter recreation destination on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

As an alternative, forest visitors are encouraged to visit Jerry Johnson Hot Springs (nine miles from Weir Creek Trailhead at milepost 151) or Stanley Hot Springs (19.5 miles from Weir Creek Trailhead at milepost 122.6), both of which are located off U.S. 12.

Find current information at, through the Kooskia Ranger Station, 208-926-4274, or through the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, 208-942-3113.


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