Kaniksu Winter Travel proposed plan (North of Sandpoint)

Discussion in 'General' started by idsnowghost, Aug 16, 2022.

  1. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    The Forest Service released their proposed action on the winter travel planning in the Kaniksu zone today. This area of the forest is anything North of Sandpoint basically. When finalized the maps and rules will outline where snowmobiles/snowbikes/motorized can travel and also areas closed to travel. They have released some maps and want comments from the public at this point: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53091

    Thanks to Winter Wildlands for advocating for skiers through the workgroup process. Looks like some changes that should benefit skiers touring on foot and with sled access:

    Biggest change I can see will provide some solitude for Spring skiing: as it looks like most of the forest closes after March 31 to motorized: other than some popular play areas and access roads.

    Sled access to Trout Creek drainage (Pyramid/Ball Lakes, Trout Lake, Long Mountain). I pushed for that one early on in the process: there's some great skiing up there and only the road, not surrounding terrain, will be open for sled access.

    Smith Creek gets designated for grooming again with motorized access near to the cabin, but closed all around it and up to the lakes and lookout.

    Pack River and Beehive/Harrison open to all Nov 16-March 31. Seems as maybe the access road remains open for skiers after April 1? If so, huge win for corn skiing.

    Scotchman area and some of Roundtop/Beetop area preserved as non-motorized. Though I haven't seen much activity up there myself.

    Anyways, here's a map to check out the proposed changes yourself:
    Kaniksu OSV Map 1 - Proposed Action (high resolution).png
    https://usfs-public.app.box.com/v/PinyonPublic/file/997073689932

    More info on the project and link to make comments:
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53091
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  2. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
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  3. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Thank you for putting this together @idsnowghost !!! Very informative!
  4. So yellow is non motorized?
  5. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Yellow is closed to OSV/over snow vehicles yearlong. It's mostly wilderness, research natural areas and recommended wilderness? It seems to be dictated by the forest plan.
  6. Copy thanks. I could see sledding into Harrison TH then climbing up the face just to the north and over. Since everything north of the ridge between bottleneck peak and Harrison is non motorized might be good access compared to upper Roman nose lake. Picture of Peak just to the east of Harrison peak. Doesn’t look like terrain motorized would enjoy considering what’s up there.
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  7. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA

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