RENO — Washoe County District Ranger Colleen Wallace-Barnum reported Monday she expects the trail bridge that was destroyed when the Caughlin Fire burned through Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Nov. 18 will be ready for use by the end of March or early April. Once repairs on the bridge are complete, parks staff will re-open the portion of the Ranch Loop Trail that connects Bartley Ranch with Anderson Park.
“Restoring the bridge is truly a major step towards getting our trail system repaired and open to the public,” Wallace-Barnum said. “The connection between Bartley Ranch and Anderson is very popular with joggers, walkers and equestrians. We know people are anxious to use it again and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation during this period of restoration.”
The trail system along the western slopes of the park, which includes Quail Run Trail and Flume Trail, will remain closed for several more months for re-vegetation.
Wallace-Barnum said she expects volunteers will be needed in the near future to help with reseeding the hillsides. For more information, contact Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans at 823-6525.
Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s western and southern ridges were heavily damaged when the Caughlin Fire swept through the park on the morning of Nov. 18. Much of the park’s popular trail system has remained closed for rehabilitation and for the safety of the public.
Closed areas include the popular Flume Trail, Quail Run Nature Trail and portions of the Ranch Loop Trail, which connect Bartley Ranch to Anderson Park. Loss of vegetation and erosion issues have made these areas unstable and unsafe for public use. Keeping these areas closed will also help to protect natural resources during rehabilitation.
With the unusually warm weather this winter, there is a great deal of public interest about the status of restoration efforts and a timeline for re-opening the portions of the park that have been closed since November.
For more information, visit www.washoecountyparks.com.