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Popular trails from Fraser to Shadow Mountain affected by logging activity

More trail work is under way as logging kicks into high gear for the Arapaho National Recreation area.

The U.S. Forest Service wants to remind trail users to check the Web site regularly for trail closures and alternative routes.

In the upper Fraser Area, the Flume, Chainsaw and Creekside trails will remain closed seven days a week for the remainder of the winter because of logging activity near the trails. The Leland Creek Road is also closed from the Zoom Trail to the St. Louis Creek Road for the rest of the winter.

The St. Louis Creek Road is now open, and the public can access the Deadhorse Trailhead from this road, but those who decide to use Deadhorse need to remain cautious ” there will still be heavy truck traffic on the main roads in the area.

Loggers expect to move into the Zoom Trail and Elk Creek Road area next week, but the Forest Service does not expect any immediate closures from this expansion.

Visitors need to stay at least 100 yards away from any logging equipment and be aware of hazards in areas already logged. These hazards include stumps, limbs, and downed logs that are not all marked and could be covered by snow.

There is no snowmobiling allowed inside the Experimental Forest.

For maps of closures and where work is occurring, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/conditions/srdbarkbeetle/index.shtml, or call 970-887-4100. There is also a map available of logging in the Tabernash and Meadow Creek Reservoir area, and along County Road 66 by the Green Ridge Complex and County Road 41. Logs are being loaded into trucks near the Shadow Mountain Picnic Area on County Road 66. Visitors can expect short delays.

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