KETCHUM — The main Deer Creek road above Wolftone is closed to vehicles.

The Sawtooth National Forest’s Ketchum Ranger District and maintenance crews are working on the main Deer Creek road (Forest Road 097), trails and trailheads in the Upper Deer Creek drainage after significant damage during this year’s spring flooding. For safety, FR097 is gated and closed to vehicles beyond Wolftone Road (FR102). Wolftone Road and Panther Gulch Road (FR100) are still open to vehicles.

The trails within the drainage remain open for hikers, motorcycles, mountain bikers, horseback and hunter use.

Crews are rebuilding road sections damaged during spring flooding, and about three-quarters of a mile of road is being realigned above the floodplain as part of a Deer Creek restoration project that began in 2016.

“We had intended to get this project completed this spring, but with emergency flood repairs occurring across the Sawtooth National Forest, crew work had to be prioritized,” District Ranger Kurt Nelson said in a release. “Our hope is to get the work done as quickly as possible so we can reopen the road to public use.”

Information: Ketchum Ranger District, 208-622-0090.

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