CURRENT CONDITIONS TRAIL REPORT (9/18/2021)
FALL IS HERE! Cold Mornings and Changing Colors!
As of August 26, Grand County has shifted to Stage 1 fire restrictions. Limited fires are allowed. Fires are only allowed in developed areas with designated metal rings. Fires are NOT allowed in dispersed camping areas. For more details: https://bewildfireready.org/.../Stage-1-Fire-Restriction...
Pretty much all trails are good to go, check below for closures. Please enjoy dirt, not mud! If you are leaving a track, turn back!
New this Week: -HTA along with the Town of Fraser completed the construction of three new bridges on Hawk Trail in Rendezvous. -HTA, USFS, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, and several volunteers spent last week building a bridge over the beaver pond zone on Strawberry West Trail (part of the Strawberry Loop). -Double Bit is now open! See our separate FB post. -Xcel has begun a construction project that crosses Upper Serendipity and Upper Crosstrails. Serendipity is open but please exercise caution as the trail tread has been impacted and is very soft and chunky. The very top of Crosstrails is temporarily closed.
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. We anticipate it reopening in the next week. -Upper Crosstrails due to an Exel Energy project.
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).