Roads in Winter Park have temporarily re-closed for removing hazardous trees
Portions of Vasquez Road have temporarily re-closed. Log hauling operations are under way (through Thursday) on a narrow section of Vasquez Road above the D4 trailhead to Leland Creek (FSR 159). The road is closed due to the hazard of loading and hauling on such a narrow section of road.
Vasquez Ford from FSR 146 to 897 is also closed.
Folks planning to pre-ride Saturday’s Epic Single Track race course should be aware that this segment of the course will not be available to pre-ride until hauling is complete and that portion of road re-opens to the public.
Vasquez Road above Leland also is closed while hand crews remove hazard trees on four small units.
D2 Green and D4 will be temporarily closed this week for post-haul maintenance, wrapping up the Fraser Boundary Fuels Project. Heavy machinery will be at work along these trails so please respect these closures.
Meanwhile, work on the eastern portion of Leland Creek, from Vasquez to Elk Creek, is now under way. For safety reasons, adjacent trails and dispersed campsites are temporarily closed to all users, including the southern portion of D4 below the WTB intersection, all of D2 Green and the southern section of FSR 892.
The Forest Service has decided to keep Upper Elk Loop Trail and Elk Creek Loop Trail open to the public so long as public use doesn’t interfere with logging operations. However, be aware that a trail building project is under way on Elk Creek Loop Trail. This project, which is funded in part by a grant from the Ski Conservation Fund through Headwaters Trails Alliance, includes the installation of a bridge and some hazard tree removal. Anticipate brief closures along this trail as work progresses
While this portion of Leland Creek is closed, vehicular traffic can choose to loop down Tunnel Hill to Vasquez Road or St. Louis Creek to Leland Creek to Elk Creek. Bike traffic will still be able to travel east-west on D3, D4, WTB, D2 and Elk Meadows.
The Forest Service asks the public to the agency complete this work efficiently and quickly by respecting closures and encouraging others to do the same. Heavy machinery is in use in these areas and trees are being felled and moved. Machine operators have limited field of vision and may not see people walking or biking nearby. These closures are for your safety.
Work along east Leland Creek Road could last into September.
Grand Lake area
Lower Stillwater Pass Road (FSR 123) and adjacent trails and campsites remain closed from the Idleglen staging area to the Gilsonite Gate (mid-slope). This closure is expected to last through July 15.
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