Trail maintenance evening and running the river
Grand County Trails
The sun is finally showing, the flowers are loving the warmth, and the trails are starting to dry out! Still call ahead to see if your favorite trail is open. Check with the Forest Service, Park Service or BLM, check your pack for the Ten Essentials, get a buddy or tell someone where you are going and then head out. Many trails still have downed trees or branches blocking the path – try carrying a small collapsible saw or piece of chain with handles and some teeth reversed. Makes quick work of a pile of branches. Report larger trees or ditches needing repair to HTA at 887-1013 and they can get appropriate trained people to remove them. Now is the time to repair damage from winter snow melt and runoff while dirt is soft and new plants have not yet clogged the runouts.
We will be offering trail maintenance evenings on the Fraser to Granby Trail on the east side of Red Dirt Hill to continue to help clear the beetle killed trees. If you need community service hours for high school graduation, community service for the court system, need firewood for your home, or just need some exercise and something productive to do, join us the second and fourth Tuesday evenings in June, July, and August 5-7 p.m. at the 856 turnoff from US Highway 40 into the Highlands prepared with gloves, long pants and solid shoes, hat, and water to pick up-pile-and dispose of slash, stack usable wood, and help clear out this section of trail. Call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 for more information or just show up ready to work.
Granby Ranch trails are open for hikers and bikers. This weekend the Get loose Gravity Series Race One has practice day Saturday and race on Sunday.
Fraser to Granby Trail conditions are great with flowers galore after all the early season rain.
“The early summer flowers are providing a beautiful background to my hiking,” said Naturalist Pat Berman.
“This week I hiked the Granby Ranch Trails and saw over eighteen different species. I also recommend the Fraser to Granby for flower viewing. Just some of the flowers I saw are: Arrowleaf Balsamroot which is filling hillsides with its large yellow blossoms, Mountain Blue and Yellow Violets, Sugar Bowl, Mountain and Whiskbroom Parsley, Indian Paintbrush, Bitterroot and Evening Primrose. Head out on those trails soon to enjoy this bounty of wildflowers.”
On the River
Down on the river, the BLM started reconstruction of the Pumphouse drinking water system. The Colorado River is running low but there is lots of snow still in high country to melt. A late runoff may still be ahead of us. Don’t forget to call the Kremmling BLM office at 970-724-3027 to get your vehicle season pass for Pumphouse, Radium, State Bridge, Two Bridges and Dotsero. Parking fees have helped pay for all the improvements we have enjoyed in the last few years.
Enjoy the Sunshine, carry the Ten Essentials including extra food and water, tell someone where you are going, and be safe.
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