I was up there today and there is a DNR sign in front of the blue gate saying the road is closed because of construction. We made it to the top of the ridge and I can assure you there were no signs of construction work ongoing or planned (survey stakes, materials staging, etc). The big washout is still a huge gash in the hillside. Snow covers the road above 2200'.
Vaguely remember seeing some planning docs for a project to construct an actual trailhead further up Bessemer Rd, at that old salvage timber area. Included was a new trail just East of the road from the TH to the CCC, IIRC.
I think they were looking to start work this year. WA DNR has a healthy handful of trail work queued up for the area, including relocations, bridge construction west on the CCC, and retiring the Sitka Spruce trail. Not sure how I feel about that last one.
planning docs for a project to construct an actual trailhead further up Bessemer Rd
That would be the "East Snoqualmie Corridor Recreaction Plan - Phase II" on this page. There's a lot more in there too, including a new trail to Absolute Last Promontory and new trail bridges along the CCC trail.
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