Peterson said the Forest Service will consult with the sheriff’s office and area residents before deciding whether to reopen the trail.
“We’ll look at the site and see if it’s a smart thing,” Peterson said. “Physically, whether we can (reopen it), and geologically, whether we should.”
What triggered the slide is still under investigation.
Life-threatening rock slides are rare and difficult to prepare for and protect against, Peterson said.
“It’s such an extreme event, and it’s so uncommon, I don’t know what you do,” he said.