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FS released a update on the status of trails and campgrounds in the forest:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mnf/alerts-notices/?aid=18676
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Storm Damage update: 7/15/2013
Hurricane Sandy left the Monongahela with extensive damage, especially in the northwestern and southwestern portions of the Forest.  While considerable progress has been made in clearing damage resulting from the heavy snows and high winds, visitors will still encounter closed sites and downfall on trails. Just recently the last of the closed developed campgrounds to be cleared, Stuart and Horseshoe, have been re-opened. Water and electric service may still be limited at these areas.  All developed campgrounds are now open.  The last of the necessary repairs to the main Otter Creek trail in the Otter Creek Wilderness have just been completed.  Possession Camp and Green Mountain Trails in Otter Creek still have damage, which will be cleared in late summer or early autumn.  All other Forest trails are considered open, but it is quite possible some downed trees may still be encountered.
The Forest has several areas of marked campsites located outside of major developed areas.  Numbered sites 11, 13, 14, and 15 along the Cranberry River have been re-opened; and all sites along the Williams except 6, and 8-16 have been opened.  Until dangerous overhanging or broken trees are removed the other sites must remain closed for safety reasons. Closed sites are marked as such.
Main Forest Service roads which are normally open to traffic have all been cleared.  Those roads which are seasonally closed or permanently closed to motorized traffic may still have downed trees.  Work to clear known damage will begin in the next few weeks.
Visitors are reminded that the situation is still changing, and that additional damage is being found even as areas are cleared.  The weight of summer foliage has caused some trees to break, and in high winds limbs and entire trees are still coming down.  Keep an eye on whats going on overhead as well as around you while using the Forest.


From this it sounds like the landslide on Otter Creek trail should be taken care of.


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Sounds that way.  I wanted to get up in there and check it out, but time, and the weather just didn't agree.

I'm more concerned with what the area around Summit Lake, and Falls of Hills creek near Cranberry are like since arfcomhkr, and I and some fellas are planning a 32miler in September over that way.
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Sounds that way. I wanted to get up in there and check it out, but time, and the weather just didn't agree.

I'm more concerned with what the area around Summit Lake, and Falls of Hills creek near Cranberry are like since arfcomhkr, and I and some fellas are planning a 32miler in September over that way.

Are you planning on doing the Pocahontas/Fork Mountain hike on my site or in my book?

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Sounds that way. I wanted to get up in there and check it out, but time, and the weather just didn't agree.

I'm more concerned with what the area around Summit Lake, and Falls of Hills creek near Cranberry are like since arfcomhkr, and I and some fellas are planning a 32miler in September over that way.

Are you planning on doing the Pocahontas/Fork Mountain hike on my site or in my book?

Yes that would be the hike.  Any insights on that hike?
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I recommend the shuttle. Furthermore, the Fork Mt Tr may now go all the way to the ranger station on Rt 39. Last I heard they were waiting on funding for a bridge across Cherry River. You might want to call them.

For me the hardest part was climbing up from the Falls.


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I recommend the shuttle. Furthermore, the Fork Mt Tr may now go all the way to the ranger station on Rt 39. Last I heard they were waiting on funding for a bridge across Cherry River. You might want to call them.

For me the hardest part was climbing up from the Falls.

Yeah, it is one place I know nothing about.  I still need to drive over there and scout it out.  We'll probably do a shuttle, and park one vehicle at the end, and one at Summit lake.  Since it's pretty close, if we have to, we'll just haul someone in the bed of the truck.

The climb up from the falls is really the only big climbing I see, and it looks to only be about 2mi or so..

It's wrote in on the schedule, pending further investigation by me :laugh:
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