Landslide in Big Finn Hill Park

Landslide in Big Finn Hill Park

Over Thanksgiving weekend, a landslide occurred in Big Finn Hill Park on the trail to O.O. Denny Park.  It slid from the very top of the Denny Creek ravine, somewhat narrowly, and like a molten wave poured into Denny Creek and then out and up the other side, delivering sludge about 20 feet up the opposite slope. It flung trees every which way as the mud and debris cascaded down the hillside. Downstream the slide scoured the creek edges, flattened the creek bed, ripped the railing off the second pedestrian bridge, and destroyed the first pedestrian bridge. The trail is closed for the time being, both County and City representatives are engaged.

 

Following is the Message from King County regarding the landslide in Big Finn Hill Park.
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“King County Parks is actively investigating the slide at Big Finn Hill Park, which occurred at the south section of the park in late November 2016 after an exceptionally wet fall. We are working with a geotechnical engineer to assess slide and slope stability, as well as the costs of the damage. The trail will re-open as soon as possible, which will require the slope to be stabilized for staff to do bridge and trail repair work and for safe public use. Parks will also continue to work with the City of Kirkland to determine what caused the slide. If you have any questions on this matter, please connect with King County Parks at parksinfo@kingcounty.gov. And in the meantime, please explore other trails at Big Finn Hill Park or any of our 215 miles of backcountry trails!”

 

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