CURRENT CONDITIONS TRAIL REPORT (10/21/2021)
The fall freeze-thaw cycle is in full swing and most trails are too wet to ride...
With our snowy transition into mud season, please enjoy dirt, not mud! If you are leaving a track, turn back! The Phases and Granby Ranch are good to go! Please avoid Vasquez, Idlewild, and St. Louis Creek areas.
New this week: -Mark Saturday, October 23rd on your calendars for our 5th Annual Tour de Pour Bike Pub Crawl Fundraiser! The event will start at 3:00 PM and stops will include The Peak, Camber Brewing, Fraser River Beer Co, Winter Park Pub, and Devil's Craft. Tickets can be purchased at the following link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/headwaterstrailsalliance/596217
Trail Closures: -Meadow Trail and Lower Yankee Doodle in the Idlewild area continue to be closed due to infrastructure installation. Please access Idlewild trails from the Rendezvous Road side of WP. -Devil's Thumb Trailhead can only be accessed from the north end of FS 128 outside of Tabernash. FS 128 is closed south of the trailhead for appx. 1/2 mile due to a Denver Water waterway improvement project on Cabin Creek. -A segment of the Fraser to Granby trail is closed through Granby Ranch due to construction. -Use caution on Serendipity and Upper Crosstrails as there is trail damage due to the installation of an Xcel Energy Pipeline.
As of September 29th, the Arapaho National Forest has lifted all fire restrictions. Exploding targets, tracer bullets, and fireworks are never allowed on National Forest System lands. Let's all continue to stay safe and vigilant out there.
Fire Recovery Updates: The East Troublesome and Williams Fork Fires have created unprecedented times in our county. Much of the Grand Lake area as well as US Hwy 125 is still in the post-fire recovery stage and we recommend doing a bit of research before recreating in these areas as there are still significant closures in place.
RIDE DIRT, NOT MUD!
Check out Colorado Trail Explorer or COTREX, the mobile and desktop application for a statewide comprehensive and interactive trail map.
To view trails in Grand County click HERE.
Please follow trail etiquette and follow use regulations on all trails!
· Ride on open trails only – respect trail closures including seasonal or short-term closures. Remember that the USFS and BLM are regulating bicycle usage to designated routes only. Please remember to stay on signed designated routes to avoid any tickets or monetary penalties.
· Do not pass off the trail, yield to other users.
· Never ride in designated Wilderness areas, which are closed to bikes and mechanized use.
· Don’t skid.
· Don’t ride muddy trails.
· Don’t ride around water on trails to protect vegetation
· Stay on existing trails.
· Don’t shortcut switchbacks.
·Please remember to always practice “Leave No Trace” ethics. (There is no such thing as trash fairies).