Sesame Canyon Trail Closure

Sesame Canyon Trail Closure

(The red line follows the Sesame Canyon Trail, until it connects with High Drive, near the tree symbol. The red line that starts from the black dot and travels southwest to the tree symbol, where the red line veers to the southeast, is actually High Drive. That segment of High Drive will remain open.)

The Sesame Canyon Trail is 3.5 miles round trip (out and back), described as moderate-difficult with 1,100 feet elevation gain. The Sesame Canyon Trail is near section 16,  Lower Gold Camp Road and High Drive. The USFS is working on messaging, outreach, and signage regarding the Sesame Canyon closure. The trail is set to be decommissioned this summer, June 2019. Use of the trail is unauthorized by the U.S. Forest Service, violators may be ticketed.

This unsustainable trails has been used illegally for years. The closure of this trail is part of the Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project Final Decision Notice signed in 2016. The management decisions resulted after many years of a collaborative process through the Bear Creek Roundtable. Use of the trail causes erosion which has a negative impact on the watershed and trout.


  1. Gerry 9 months ago

    Where can we find data on how this and other trails are impacting the trout? Also, I’m curious who made the decision to place the big green fence at the bottom of it near high drive. You have a trail that had a quiet exit spill out onto a high traffic road (High Drive) and you put a big green fence and closure sign that informs everybody who walked by it (who previously didn’t know about the trail) that there is in fact a trail there. That decision created more traffic and impact on the watershed. It brought even more attention to the trail. Why are decisions like that’s being made? Please help me gain information on this matter.

  2. JimBo 6 months ago

    Why did they rebuild the trail then close it? I read the study. Do they realize there is only water in the canyon when there is a flash flood? You can’t carry much sediment into Bear Creek without water. Was this a qualitative decision based on data?

    Did they rebuild the trail with FEMA funds? How much did it cost?

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