At the invitation of Supe Dave Pine, the public got a "sneak preview" walking tour of the next Sawyer Camp Trail addition yesterday. About 20 of us hiked from the south end near Hwy 92 north to the reconstructed dam. There is an old service road there that will be rehabbed to become an extension of the popular trail that heads north from the dam. Wikipedia estimates 300,000 people a year use it now.
Supe Don Horsly and former Supe John Ward also joined the rangers and the hikers to preview the trail. John Ward reminded us of the days when closing the road to vehicular traffic was controversial. The dam is complete and the reason the reservoir is so high during our drought is to test its strength. A bridge will be suspended over the dam to reinstitute the road for vehicles. ETA is 2016. It was a beautiful day for a hike.