KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has closed a portion of the Rainbird Trail indefinitely because of damage caused during the rain storm of Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

The popular trail is located above the Third Avenue Bypass, and accessed primarily by two stairways leading up to the trail.

"The borough-maintained section between the two staircase trailheads sustained two individual washouts and one landslide, which makes the trail impassable due to safety issues," stated a borough announcement released Thursday afternoon. "The location near the southern trailhead is particularly difficult to address due to the steep terrain and unstable ground conditions."

Barricades and signs to close the trail have been installed by borough staff.

"It is anticipated that the closure will last through the winter while (borough) Public Works staff determines a plan for permanent repairs," stated the announcement.

Borough staff looked at "blowdown" at an unmaintained part of the trail near the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus, and described the blowdown as minimal.