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Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Kane County and State of Utah on 12 local roads

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Tuesday in the R.S. 2477 case of Kane County and Utah v. United States. A three judge panel affirmed that the state and county have legal title to six of 12 roads and held that there was no dispute as to title in the remaining six. The opinion again rejected SUWA’s claim that the statute of limitations bars the road claims. The court also determined that the existence of water reserves do not bar road claims.

The court agreed with the United States’ position that there is no dispute with the state and Kane County’s ownership of the Hancock, Sand Dunes, and four Cave Lakes roads. The court held that because there is no dispute as to title, the court has no jurisdiction to hear the claims to these roads. Without a dispute regarding the ownership of these roads, the State of Utah and Kane County may treat these roads as R.S. 2477 rights-of-way, and manage them to ensure that the access provided by these roads remains safe and open.

Despite the apparent acknowledgement by the United States of the state and county’s ownership of the roads, the issue remains ambiguous until a court formally quiets title in the state and county or the United States formally disclaims any ownership of the roads. Therefore, the Office of the Attorney General is considering filing a Petition for Rehearing before the entire Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which must be filed within 45 days. The effect of this opinion on the roads in the other pending cases remains to be determined on a road by road basis. The court’s decision does not address roads other than the 12 Kane County roads. The state, therefore, intends to continue moving forward developing the evidence as to title on all other R.S. 2477 rights-of-way. The state is encouraged that the issues of the statute of limitations and the effect of Public Water Reserves have been put to rest.

http://www.sunews.net/article.cfm?articleID=1663

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Colorado Wild Fires and Off Road Trails

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Colorado Wild Fires and Off Road Trails

06/26/2012 in 4x4Trek News

Colorado Mountains are currently ablaze. There are as many as 12 fires burning as much as 120,000 acres. Off roaders know the value of the lands that are currently under threat and the impacts the fires will have.

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http://kdvr.com/2012/06/09/new-wildfire-burning-in-larimer-county/

Denver has also just experienced the hottest 5 days ever recorded, each consecutive day from 06/21 through 06/26 setting individual daily records, culmination to both 06/25 and 06/26 tying the all time highest records at 105 degrees. The record setting heat combined with very limited rainfall for the past several weeks and single digit humidity levels. The front range and Colorado Rocky Mountains have flame sensitivity resembling a fireworks factory.

In 2002 following the largest fire in Colorado history known as the Hayman Fire, all OHV trails were closed by the Forest Service. This year, with the 4th of July fast approaching, it’s seeming almost inevitable that a similar restriction could be in place for the rest of 2012.

We’ll continue to monitor any news regarding trail closures in Colorado and share any breaking news as quickly as possible. Meanwhile here are a list of known closures near fires in the state as of today (06/26/2012). The below trail list includes all trails we believe are closed in these areas be sure to refer to the forrest service resources to verify any closures if you’ll be in these areas or elsewhere in the state. New fires are springing up daily, call first before heading out. Above all, let the forest service and fire fighters do their jobs to save our beautiful state.

High Park Fire area – Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests:

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
2150 Centre Avenue, Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
970-295-6600 – Contact

- Red Feather Lakes Road. (CR74E) is closed from Lone Pine Trailhead (mile marker 8 ) to Boy Scout Road (68C)

- Hwy 14 is closed from Hewlett Gulch Road to Eggers

- Stove Prairie Road (CR27) from Stringtown Gulch Road to Hwy 14

- Buckhorn Road (CR44H) from CR27 west

- Rist Canyon Road (CR52E) west of CR27E

- Pingree Park Road (CR63E) from Hwy 14 to Buckhorn Road. (CR44H)

- Red Canyon Ranch Road is closed north of Scrub Jay Road

- Storm Mountain Trail

- Storm Drain Trail

- Crystal Mountain Trail

- Ballard Road

- Old Flowers Road

- Kelly Flats Trail

- Green Ridge Trail

- Bald Mountain Trail

- Gould Mountain Trail

- Bull Mountain Trail

Waldo Canyon Fire Area – Pike and San Isabel National Forests:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
719-553-1400 – Contact

- Rampart Range Road

- Schubarth Road

- Mount Herman Road

- Balanced Rock Trail (not included in official closure area but likely not accessible)

- Ice Cave Creek Road (not included in official closure area but likely not accessible)

Colorado's High Park Fire Map

http://kunc.org/post/high-park-fire-83205-acres-and-45-contained
USFS High Park Fire Map

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/
Waldo Fire Trail Closures Map

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5376278.jpg

Bushducks Colorado Jeep Trails When are They Passable?

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BUSHDUCKS COLORADO JEEP TRAILS
WHEN ARE THEY PASSABLE?
DATES FOR 2012

Updated: 7/10/2012

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asdfThe status of many popular high elevation 4×4 trails in Colorado is listed below and updated as the trails open or close. The list includes the main trails plus some 2wd access roads. The voluntary updates come from many sources, including the National Forest service, the BLM, and interested individuals. As the Colorado mountain weather can be highly unpredictable, please check with the relevant information body yourself for any recent changes. Conditions can change without notice. It is also subjective – a trail one person says is open, may be considered too dangerous to travel by another.

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TRAIL NAME NATIONAL FOREST NAME/DISTRICT PHONE NUMBER STATUS DATE UPD.
Alta Lakes Road Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
COMMENTS:
Animas Forks Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail is open all the way. Upper sections near Animas Forks very rocky. A few years ago we took a Chrysler Towne & Country van up there, you wouldn’t want to try that now.
5/2/12 – Silverton to Animas Forks via CR2 is open – not so much snow up there this year. It’s still beautiful and no traffic now! The trail is in good condition.
Argentine Pass/Waldorf Mine
EGuide
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400
COMMENTS:
Alpine Tunnel San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 5/19/12
COMMENTS:
5/19/12 – Got to the top of Alpine Tunnel. Some boulders on the road had to be driven over – I’m on 37s so no problem, but don’t think a stock vehicle could do it.
Ballard Road Fort Collins Region Conflicting Reports 4/29/12
COMMENTS:
4/29/12 – I went up the atv trail in a jeep which is south (left turn) around 2 mile mark shortly after a small parking lot. This trail was eventually block by a large snow bank and fallen trees. I turned around at the same spot several Palaris Razrs turned around. I also traveled up the main trail which turns moderate, then difficult as guide book states. This trail eventually was also blocked by fallen trees and snow. This road is impassable for a stock vehicle.
4/18/12 – Trail is open all the way to the end. Took my Stock Isuzu Rodeo 4×4 on Ballard Road. Was in 2wd most of the time. Towards the end of the trail it starts to get muddy in places. Nothing too bad though. Snow in patches on the trail, nothing covering the trail though. Good scenic ride. No troubles.
Bangs Canyon BLM Open 3/31/12
COMMENTS:
3/31/12 – Open all the way. The Windmill Loop and Tabeguache Trails are open. Be prepared for rough going with some difficult spots that many need lockers for.
Bill Moore Lake Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 6/9/12
COMMENTS:
6/9/12 – Open all the way. Snowbank has receded enough to pass by with no difficulty.
6/2/12 – Trail still not open- Snapped a photo of the snow blockage. http://i.imgur.com/Ctb5R.jpg
5/28/12 – Trail still blocked about .7 miles from the lake. From the size of the drift, its going to be awhile. There is snow covering some of the trail about 1 mile from the lake. You can get through the first couple hundred yards, but you may not want to bother as a big drift still blocks the trail just beyond where you first see snow.
5/13/12 – The trail is open but snow is still stopping travel about .7 miles from the lake.
5/12/12 – Trail was muddy due to rain, had a great time. got to the mud pit we think. all was still frozen. 2 of us got stuck and had to dig out. as you turn left after the mud pit , the trail was still blocked with huge snow drifts.
5/12/12 – Got to the valley just before you get to the high point and start heading down to the Lake. Trail in good shape. The chutes are almost graded and the big hill is about normal.
4/7/12 – The trail is open about half way (1/4ish miles past the turn off on the left to the “difficult” part that goes up hill). After that it is large drift after drift. I don’t think the trail will be open for at least another month. Here are some pics of the trail condition.
Birdseye Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Partially Open 5/31/12
COMMENTS:
5/31/12 – Traveled trail North to South. Trail is open to within about 3/4 mile of the Mosquito Pass Road. Several off camber snow drifts still block last 3/4 mile. Turned around as we did not want to go off trail to circumvent drifts as this gets our trails closed. Hopefully will be open in one to two weeks.
Black Bear Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 6/15/12
COMMENTS:
6/17/12 – Open all the way and dry.
6/15/12 – Open according to Switzerland of America website.
6/16/12 – Plowed to the top on the San Juan side. Not open past that yet.
Blowout Pass Rio Grande/Divide
COMMENTS:
Bolam Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 6/22/12
COMMENTS:
6/22/12 – Open all the way, trees have been cut and cleared, snow fields are gone. It’s actually getting fairly dry and brown.. Beautiful pass.
6/7/12 – Not open all the way. Traveled up from 550, trail blocked just past Greysills mine by very large fallen tree, 2ft diameter. Did not have the means to remove such a large tree.
6/4/12 – Not open all the way. Blocked by snow at Bolam Pass itself. Traveled up from 145. Removed one fallen tree only to be snow blocked 1/4 mile later.
Boreas Pass White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 5/25/12
COMMENTS:
5/25/12 – Trail was open the whole way when we drove it that day. Road was dry, graded, and smooth. Driveable in a car and we passed several other vehicles, including a couple cars, on the way. Very little snow on the sides of the road even.
5/19/12 – West gate is open. Only drove up a mile or two. Ground was wet from rain and was getting dark, but the gate is open!
4/1/12 – Not open all the way. West side open approximately 3.5 miles from Hwy 9 in Breckenridge to winter gate. East side open approximately 4.0 miles from Hwy 285, just past the interseciton with Cty Rd 50. West side open and clear to gate. East side open with a few snow drifts.
Breakneck and Browns Passes Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031 Mostly Open 6/8/12
COMMENTS:
6/8/12 – Blocked by snow: Drove down from Fairplay to Co Rd 5 to Breakneck Pass Rd. I took the 176 right turn off 175, and got to a large tree partially blocking the road. It had been moved, and there was a narrow gap, but too wide for my Jeep Laredo. I slid down onto the tree and had a heck of time avoiding damage! A narrow Jeep might make it, maybe. Needs a very large chain-saw. Went back downhill to the 175/176 intersection, and went up 175. A bit rough for my stock Jeep! Eventually got to a wide muddy area where sheets of snow blocked the pass. Some tire tracks indicated some had gone further, but it was probably ATVs. A returning ATVer said it was blocked. Needs more sun!
4/27/12 – Not Open all the way. Coming from Route 20 up the Browns Pass entrance. Made it all the way passed the cabins and down the big steep hill where a very large tree blocked the way. Had to back up and turn around. Running it from the other direction we had no problems making it all the way back around to the fallen tree. In the shadows of the forest on both Breakneck and Browns Pass there are snow drifts still on the trail but I had little trouble blasting through them. Otherwise the trail clear.
Bunce School Trail System Boulder 303�541-2500
COMMENTS:
Calamity Mesa Open 4/12/12
COMMENTS:
4/12/12 – Calamity Mesa Loop is open all of the way. This is a class 7 or 7+ trail and is about 20-miles in length from the New Verde Mine to the big yellow sign. There are 10 named obstacles and many not named. No full-sized vehicles. There are too many narrow places you won’t fit through. JKs are very close to too wide. This trail was reopened in 2008 after having been close over 8 years. Most years since it has required several hours of work to reopen it again. This is one reason few people even know of this gem. Even the ATVs avoid it.
California Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/16/12
COMMENTS:
5/16/12 – Mostly dry with snow banks on both sides part of the way. Few puddles.
California Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/16/12
COMMENTS:
5/16/12 – Trail is open all the way with some snow patches (minor that don’t cover the road the entire road). Some mud also. Passable by 4×4, motorcycle with good off road tires.
Caribou Creek Boulder 303�541-2500
COMMENTS:
Carnage Canyon San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open all year
COMMENTS:
Completely open all year.
Chihuahua Gulch White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/16/12
COMMENTS:
6/16/12 – Open all the way back. Little rough in places, but no problem.
Chinaman Gulch San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open all year 4/1/12
COMMENTS:
Completely open all year.
4/1/12 – This trail is wide open and dry.
2/12/12 – Trail has up to 3 or 4 inches in spots, worst on the approach to/on the Whale’s Tail and on the steep tippy hill near the end of the loop. The Chutes were completely dry and The Stairs had minimal snow. Went and checked the top of Carnage Canyon (winch out point) and it was dry. Looked like there was more snow down lower in the ravine. Picture of snow on Whale’s Tail
China Wall Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031 Open all year 4/7/12
COMMENTS:
4/7/12 – Open and dry all the way, including 204.
Completely open all year.
Chinns Lake Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Closed 6/8/12
COMMENTS:
6/8/12 – No, still a large snow drift, but melting quickly. Maybe another three or four weeks. There is a side step to the snow drift, problem is the second drift up higher is deeper. Hard area to turn around as well.
5/24/12 – No, no change in status from the 5/14 update. Snowdrift covers the trail maybe a mile to half mile from the top. Hiked up to the last bend, where the trail is completely covered in snow.
5/14/12 – Left trail to Chinns Lake still blocked by snow drifts. Fall River reservoir is open all the way to the top. A little snow on the trail but it has been broken through and is drivable.
4/28/12 – Still closed due to large drifts on the left fork to Chinns Lake. The trail to Fall River Reservoir is open except for the last 200 yards at the top. Still deep drifts in the shaded areas, but should be open in another week or two.
Cinammon Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Closed? 7/6/12
COMMENTS:
7/6/12 – Cinnamon Pass closed to rock slide??
5/16/12 – Dry with a couple puddles.
5/2/12 – Lake City FB page reports Cinnamon Pass open all the way to Silverton. No reports of road condition.
Coney Flats Boulder 303-541-2500 Closed 6/23/12
COMMENTS:
6/23/12 – Coney Creek was driven on June 23 by the Trailridge Runners 4WD Club. All of the downed trees have been cut. The Forest Service is keeping the gates closed until the weekend of June 30 to remove hazard trees from along the road. Coney Creek is dry with no snow drifts. The sink holes are all dry.
Corkscrew Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Now open. Still a fair bit of snow.
Cottonwood Pass San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 5/21/12
COMMENTS:
5/21/12 – Cottonwood Pass is open.
Cumberland Gulch Clear Creek 303-567-3000
COMMENTS:
Cumberland Pass San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/10/12
COMMENTS:
6/10/12 – Completely open.
4/26/12 – Closed to protect soft road bed.
Cunningham Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/2/12
COMMENTS:
5/2/12 – This trail is open.
Deer Creek White River/Dillon 970-468-5400
COMMENTS:
Eagle Rock Teller County Near Colorado Springs
COMMENTS:
Elwood Pass Rio Grande/Conejos
San Juan/Pagosa
719-274-8971
970-264-2268
COMMENTS:
Engineer Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/20/12
COMMENTS:
5/20/12 – Road in good shape. Some muddy sections from snow melt.
5/14/12 – Lake City FB reports Engineer Pass is now open all the way. No condition status given.
5/2/12 – The Engineer Pass is open from Silverton and Animas Forks to OH! Point – short of the summit but actually higher! Beautiful! The trail is damp but in great condition.
Fourmile Travel Area San Isabel 719-486-0749 Partially Open
COMMENTS:
The majority of this region is open all year.
Geneva Creek White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 7/1/12
COMMENTS:
7/1/12 – Gate is open, trail is open to the top. Went up it with a stock Liberty, it has some rocky spots after the first water crossing. Water crossings were only a few inches deep. Watch out for hikers on the trail.
6/3/12 – Yes. All remaining snow has melted off and the trail (and many mining road branches in the area) are completely clear. Trail is in good condition, a couple of 8″-12″ water crossings through standing water.
6/3/12 – Open all the way. Be carful on the mine roads not a lot of room to turn around on them and they all dead end, they do not loop.
4/7/12 – No. Deep (1 1/2 – 2 feet) snow blocks the road a couple of miles in. Trail below snow blockage was completely clear/dry. A number of the lower camping areas are accessible.
Georgia Pass White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/28/12
COMMENTS:
6/28/12 – Fully open from Breckenridge to Jefferson.
4/1/12 – Not open all of the way. East side open approximately 7.8 miles from Jefferson, CO on Hwy 285. Map. The road is in good condition until approximately 6 miles in. There are small sections of snow that can be negotiated (driven over or around) before reaching a continuous section of snow that covers the road.
Gold Hill/Switzerland Trail Boulder 303-541-2500
COMMENTS:
Governor Basin Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
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Open 7/2/12
COMMENTS:
7/2/12 – Trail is open all the way. Trail is in good condition with no snow left this year.
5/26/12 – Only open for first 1/4 mile passed mine, over the river, then snow
Green Ridge Road Roosevelt National Forest 970-498-1100
COMMENTS:
Grizzly Lake San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail is clear the whole way to the top.
Guanella Pass White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 6/17/12
COMMENTS:
6/17/12 – Guanella Pass has been open since the weekend before Memorial Day.
Gunsight Pass White River/Sopris District 970-963-2266
COMMENTS:
Hackett Gulch Pike National Forest Near Colorado Springs
COMMENTS:
Hagerman Pass San Isabel/Leadville
White River/Sopris
719-486-0749
970-963-2266
Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail is now open all the way. On the West side just after the split with FR 527 there is a semi-deep water crossing about 150 ft long. Had no problem in stock Rubicon, lower clearance vehicles might have trouble.
5/19/12 – From Leadville, road is open only 2.6 miles from the Busk/Ivanhoe tunnel (where it becomes a 4×4 road). Large snowdrifts on the north slope block further access. On the way down, I spent 2 hours digging out a helpless couple in a Lexus SUV that were hopelessly stuck in a huge drift that I drove around in my ATV. They had no shovel, winch, chains, or tools. Drove right into the middle of a 2 foot slushy drift and buried the vehicle. What some people do amazes me.
5/2/12 – West side–open 10.5 miles past end of pavement to Ivanhoe and Lyle Lake (Hagerman) gates. Both gates are locked. Gate at Lyle Lake (leading up to Hagerman) had three large boulders placed in front of the gate, but the road had recently been plowed clear of snow beyond the gate. No indication what this might mean for later opening.
Halfmoon Creek San Isabel/Leadville
White River/Sopris
719-486-0749
970-963-2266
COMMENTS:
Hancock Pass San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/16/12
COMMENTS:
6/16/12 – Trail is open all the way. No snow drifts affecting roadway anymore.
6/10/12 – There are two snow drifts located 1/4 mile from the top on the St. Elmo side blocking travel for larger vehicles. Open for vehicles less that 50″.
6/3/12 – Blocked just above timberline about 1/2 mile from top of pass on northern approach from St. Elmo. Snow drifts blocking road, will require another couple of weeks before passable at this point.
5/29/12 – Opened up trail from Alpine to Hancock. Busted through some drifts – Hancock open on Gunny side.
5/24/12 – Trail is open to Alpine Tunnel Trailhead. Did not travel much farther due to it being late in the day.
Hayden Pass Rio Grande/Saguache
San Isabel/Salida
719-655-2547
719-539-3591
Open 6/6/12
COMMENTS:
6/6/12 – Open all the way. Some mud from melt. Snow on sides of road in places, but trail is passable and clear from Coaldale to Villa Grove.
Hermit Pass Rio Grande/Saguache
San Isabel/San Carlos
719-655-2547
719-269-8500
6/16/12 Open
COMMENTS:
6/16/12 – Open all the way to the last switchback prior to the pass. Just past the switchback snow covers the last 2 or 3 hundred yards to the top. Other than being extremely rocky, road was clear.
5/16/12 – You can get almost 7 miles from the turn off up to about 11,300 feet in elevation. There is a lot of deadfall, snow and rocks that make the road pretty narrow in places.
Holy Cross City San Isabel/Leadville
White River/Sopris
719-486-0749
970-963-2266
Open 5/12/12
COMMENTS:
5/12/12 – FSR 703 is now open to the public. Be cautious when traveling on 703 as there is construction traffic on the road where you will likely find slow going loaded semi trucks.
4/6/12 – Although FSR 703 is plowed the road is closed and there is a new gate just before the bridge. It is slated to open in the beginning of May.
Hurricane Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/20/12
COMMENTS:
5/20/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
Imogene Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 6/16/12
COMMENTS:
6/16/12 – Open all the way – very mild weather – this is the earliest Imogene has opened in recent history.
5/29/12 – Called Telluride district and they confirmed Imogene pass is open on the Telluride-side. Called Ouray district and they confirmed the pass is closed for another couple weeks.
5/26/12 – Open on Ouray side at least to 1st big waterfall. Blade work has been done to open that far. Trail in good condition up imogene/yankee boy basin. Lots have road work has been done. 5/26 a tree had fallen, blocking the road by “the mansion”, but i assume it’s removed by now. Snow 7ft up imogene pass, but bladed clean for travel.
Independence Pass Park County
COMMENTS:
Independence Trail Canyon City
COMMENTS:
Iron Chest San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Partially Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail is clear for about 3/4 of the trail. Was able to shovel out of the usual avalanche drift above the switch backs, but then hit some really big drifts after and turned around.
Italian Creek Road/Upper Reno Divide Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 6/21/12
COMMENTS:
6/21/12 – Open all the way. As with the rest of Colorado, extremely dry. No mud or water anywhere. Same overall condition as usual.
Jenny Creek Trail Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Closed 5/11/12
COMMENTS:
5/11/12 – Trail isn’t open due to large snowdrifts that start at 100 yards in.
Jones Pass Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Partially Open 6/27/12
COMMENTS:
6/27/12 – Trail is open passed all of the switchbacks. Snow stops you only about 50 yards from the actual pass. Trail is dry and in good condition. Very easy.
6/8/12 – Drove all the way to the two switchbacks at 11,800′ past the small washout from a year or two ago. Road is dry and in good shape all the way to the 11,800′ mark.
5/12/12 – Open approx. 1 mile from main (winter) parking area. Jones Pass open to main parking area near turn off of FS144.2 (approx. 10,500). There was some drifts getting busted on 5/12. Above is mixed drifts and dry. With some serious work could probably get to small switchbacks near treeline but large drifts there will stop traffic for a while.
Kebler Pass Open 5/10/12
COMMENTS:
5/10/12 – The road is now open.
4/21/12 – Gunnison County has the road barricaded at MP 12-12.5 for maintenance. Contact Gunnison County at 970-641-8000 for more information.
Kelly Flats Canyon Lakes 970-498-2770 Open 5/16/12
COMMENTS:
5/16/12 – Trail is open according to National Forest Service.
Kendall Peak and Kendall Mountain Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
COMMENTS:
Kennebec Pass San Juan Public Lands 970-247-4874 Partially Open 5/28/12
COMMENTS:
5/28/12 – Open up to Colorado Trail. Few patches of snow on road near summit. Need high clearance as well as 4×4. And shovel!
5/10/12 – Forest Service states that they are a month ahead of schedule on opening but no for sure. They say early June but it looks good from base area. I will drive it and report back in the next couple of weeks.
Kingston Peak Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 6/9/12
COMMENTS:
6/9/12 – Open all the way through, the snow has melted.
6/1/12 – Made it from Central City to Alice 0n motorcycles and quads via Kingston Peak. One 25 yard snow field on east side.
5/26/12 – Trail is snow covered approx 1/4 mile from turn off to Pisgah Lake. This is on the NW heading toward St. Mary’s Glacier.
Lamartine/Saxon Mountain Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 5/29/12
COMMENTS:
5/29/12 – Open to the top.
4/21/12 – Trail is open to around mile 4.4 at overlook point, then becomes snow covered. The overlook provides a nice turnaround spot, so no worries of backing down.
Last Dollar Road Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 5/1/12
COMMENTS:
5/1/12 – San Miguel County reported on 05/01/12 – Last Dollar Pass currently open – Travel with Caution – Icy Conditions.
5/1/12 – Closed to forest boundary in section 14/15. Remainder of pass is closed by snow.
Lead King Basin White River/Sopris District 970-963-2266 Open 6/3/12
COMMENTS:
6/3/12 – Open all the way. We traveled from Marble up CR 3 and veered left at the split going the harder route around Lead King Basin and circle back to Crystal from the east. The trail was completely clear of snow and was in good condition. What few tree falls that occurred over the winter have been cut out of the way by the local Jeep Tour business. There are a couple of really narrow tippy kind of places that make your heart beat a little faster but nothing that I would really call an obstacle. Unmodified stock jeeps can make it with the right tire placement. We were the only ones on the trail never passing another soul until we were near Crystal.
Left Hand Canyon Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 4/19/12
COMMENTS:
4/19/12 – Lefthand is back open per the FS website but fire bans still in effect.
4/1/12 – Open all the way on 3/25/2012. However, as of 4/1/2012 the trail is fully closed by the Forest Service. Avoid Big Momma Hill if you don’t have a locker.
Lime Creek Trail Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
COMMENTS:
Loch Lomond Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Partially Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail is blocked by large deep snow bank approx. 1/2 mile past the open seasonal gate. Mile 1.6 from start of the trial in Alice. Possible to dig through the bank to get further up but doubtful that the remaining 1 mile will be clear enough to go much farther.
Longwater Gulch Pike National Forest
COMMENTS:
Maggie Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail is open. Trail is in excellent shape. We stopped at the waterfall, and did not go all the way up into the basin.
5/20/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
Mammoth Gulch Boulder 303�541-2500 Closed 4/9/12
COMMENTS:
Marshall Pass San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/11/12
COMMENTS:
6/11/12 – All of the repair work is complete on Marshall Pass (for now). Passing should not be a problem in June or July. Enjoy your ride. We will have some other road maintenance and decommissioning work later in the fall or next year in this area.
5/16/12 – Closed on the west side of the summit. They are doing road work and had the road torn in half at the bottom where the road crosses a creek. Cannot get past unless you take smaller trails.
4/28/12 – Open from the east. Able to drive to the summit of Marshall Pass from the east. There were a few drifts about 1.5 miles from the summit that had tracks through them. Another drift about a mile lower open on one side. Some fallen trees had been cleared.
3/31/12 – Bonanza Mine Trail (trail #44 in the Charles Wells book) Got about 1 mile in before a 6-8 inch snow bank covered the trail.The snow was the mash potato kind. Marshall Pass via Pohnch Creek (trail #43) – I got to Waypoint 3 5.6 miles (Starvation Creek hiking trail). There were several large trees that had blown down across the trail, but folks had already chopped them up and moved them so when the snow melts,the trail is passable. CR 203 – same thing. Ok, the wife was laughing hysterically the whole way down to the trail head. She thought that I was crazy to try anything close to the mountains this early. It was in the 70s during the attempt and the snow is melting fast.
McAllistair Gulch White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 6/1/12
COMMENTS:
6/1/12 – Open from Shrine Pass to Resolution Peek. Both alternate routes up Mc Allistair are open. Was told it was open to Camp Hale but can’t confirm. Please tread lightly, very fragile and people are tearing up the top. Creek crossings are very low. On a side note made it through the last snow drifts on Lime Creek. But this trail is slated to be closed by the Forest Service. so, may be your last chance to travel this road.
Medano Pass Rio Grande/Saguache
San Isabel/San Carlos
National Parks
719-655-2547
719-269-8500
719-378-6399
Open 5/2/12
COMMENTS:
5/2/12 – The road is now OPEN to through travel. The second creek crossing from the west side is still somewhat deep due to beaver activity; crews will continue to work at this location. The second crossing is passable, but marked with orange cones to warn of possible deep water and for the safety of personnel working on the road.
4/5/12 – Still closed to through travel. On the east side of the range, the road is gated at the Muddy Creek crossing. On the west side of the range, the road is now open up to the second creek crossing, 5.5 miles from the western entrance of the road. The lowest campsites in Medano Canyon are now accessible.
3/31/12 – Trail is not passable yet. Attacked it from the north east side and the snow drifts are pack and sloping the hills really bad couldn’t get more than a mile in before having to pull on jeep off the edge and then back down. The last foot of the right shoulder is soft pack from runoff and very dangerous. Then we drove the hundred miles to the sand dunes to try a go from that end. you can get about a mile in before you hit a gate and its closed. Can’t even get to the first fording point. Total waste of a day. You can call the NPS for current information.
Metberry Gulch Teller County
COMMENTS:
Middle St. Vrain Boulder 303-541-2500 Closed 6/23/12
COMMENTS:
6/23/12 – The Middle St. Vrain, and Coney Creek are cleared of downed trees. The Trailridge Runners 4WD Club drove through both roads on June 23. The gates will be closed until the weekend of June 30 so the Forest Service can remove hazard trees along the road. The Middle St. Vrain is dry. The water holes are low and the Coney Creek crossing is not past hub level.
6/6/12 – I called the ranger station today, 6/6/12, and the said the middle st vrain trail is a ways off from opening, she said maybe a month.
Mill Creek/Red Elephant Trail Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 6/9/12
COMMENTS:
6/9/12 – Open all the way. There is a downed tree in the middle of the trail near the deeper water crossing. There is an illegal by pass that has already been made. Forest Service has been contacted about the tree
5/12/12 – Trail open all the way from Bill Moore to I70. The rock on the way up near the tree is getting much more dug out.
Miller Rock Boulder 303-541-2500
COMMENTS:
Miner’s Gulch Clear Creek 303-567-3000
COMMENTS:
Minnie Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 5/20/12
COMMENTS:
5/20/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
Moody Hill Canyon Lakes 970-295-6700
COMMENTS:
Moon/Gamble Gulch Boulder 303�541-2500
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Mosquito Pass Pike/South Park
San Isabel/Leadville
719-836-2031
719-486-0749
Open 6/30/12
COMMENTS:
6/30/12 – It is open all the way. Went from Leadville side over. No snow on the trail at all.
6/28/12 – Lake County Office of Emergency Management posted the following on their Facebook page 6/27: [Breaking News]: Mosquito Pass is now open. Good news for the LT100 Marathon I’m uncertain if this means it’s open all the way or just not entirely closed as it has been while they were fighting the Treasure fire near Leadville.
6/24/12 – Important notice: Mosquito Pass is closed indefinitely due to a forest fire below the road on the Leadville side, in Birdseye Gulch. As of Sunday the fire has burned 300 acres and is burning south, towards the Mosquito Pass road. Birdseye Gulch starts just north of the Mosquito Pass road about two miles below the summit and above the treeline and drains north into heavy timber where the fire is located. Check with the San Isabel NF on road status. Per forest service, road is closed in both directions as of 6/24.
6/17/12 – Not open all the way made it 1/2 mile down from summit Alma side had to turn around Snow drift covering 3/4 of the width of the trail for about 8 feet about a 1/2 mile in from the summit.
6/9/12 – Per forest service and 4×4 guys in Leadville, the pass is now open to the top from Leadville. the usual large snow drift near the London Mine has it blocked to thru traffic over on the Alma side. This drift is always the last one to melt every year.
5/28/12 – Going up from the Alma side pass is open to the London mine, Large snow drift at the London Mine…hiking only after that point.
5/19/12 – From Leadville, from the junction of CR3/CR3C (at the Diamond Mine), you can get 2.4 miles up the pass until you get blocked by solid snow about 2+ feet deep. Muddy and some drifts starting at 2 miles, but you can get around those. The blockage is at the first switchback to the right and near the crossing under the power lines.
4/27/12 – Traveling up from Leadville the road was in good shape. There had been a storm the day before which had dumped some fresh snow. Snow was about 18 inches deep in a low spot near the top and a little muddy. We decided it might be a little deep and didn’t chance it since it was late afternoon and turned around and went back to Leadville. Hopefully I can go back in a couple of months and do it again.People with more mountain driving experience than me might have tried to cross but I decided not this time.
Mount Antero San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/17/12
COMMENTS:
6/17/12 – Made it all the way to the top of Mt.Antero this weekend with no snow.
5/27/12 – Trail is not open all the way. Made it quite a ways above tree line, but was stopped short of the top by some giant, off camber snow fields.
Mount Baldy/Captain Jacks Pike National Forest/ El Paso County 719-836-2031
COMMENTS:
Mount Blanca/Como Lakes Rio Grande/Saguache 719-655-2547 Partially Open 6/17/12
COMMENTS:
6/17/12 – I went as far as lake Como. It was tight fit by the large fallen tree, I sawed two branches off for more clearance. Loose and rocky, lots of brush JK took a few minor brush scratches.
5/27/12 – No. You can travel to within ~1.5 miles of Lake Como. There is a downed tree blocking the road ~1.5 miles from Lake Como. The downed tree is large and has fallen across the entire road, it will require several complex bucking cuts to remove it. Beyond that tree there are 2-3 other downed trees. Stock vehicles were seen as high up as 0.5 miles past Jaws 0.5
Mount Bross Pike/South Park 719-836-2031
COMMENTS:
Mount McClellan Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000
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Napoleon Pass San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/21/12
COMMENTS:
6/21/12 – Trail is open all the way. Snow is completely gone. Lockers are helpful when traveling from North to South if trail is wet. The north side of the pass is tight for larger vehicles.
North Fork Reservoir Road San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 5/16/12
COMMENTS:
5/16/12 – Trail open all the way to the reservoir, but with large amounts of partially cleared deadfall making the road narrow in spots. Lake remains about 85% ice, should be gone in a week to 10 days. Billings Lake trail is completely blocked by deadfall.
5/8/12- Salida Ranger District reports this road is likely open
Ohio Pass Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 5/14/12
COMMENTS:
5/14/12 – Road open all the way.
4/26/12 – Closed to protect soft road bed.
Ophir Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Open all the way. Still has snow banks on the west side Trail is on good shape on west side, looks like recent work has been done to improve.
5/20/12 – Yup, it’s open!
5/18/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
5/2/12 – According to the Silverton Visitor Center the trail is open to the top on the San Juan County side (Silverton side) from Hwy 550.
Otto Mears Toll Road San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open /9/12
COMMENTS:
6/9/12 – We took the Otto Mears Toll Road from Shirley Site to Bonanza, went up Whale Hill, and returned by Clover Creek. All of the roads we were on were snow free and dry.
Owl Creek Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/20/12
COMMENTS:
5/20/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
4/20/12 – Closed to all vehicles over 50″ wide until at least 5/15.
Pearl Pass Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Partially Open 7/4/12
COMMENTS:
7/4/12 – 100% open both ways. No snow on the trail.
7/2/12 – I made it to the top from the Aspen side today. There is a short stretch of snow at the beginning of the boulder field, which required both lockers and single-digit air pressure, but at the present rate of melting,should be completely gone in two weeks. People came from the Crested Butte side, so we know there is no problem on that side. This is the earliest I’ve been to the top in the last 22 years. Let’s all be careful in these extremely dry conditions. Two ATV riders left the road and rode across tundra at one of the ponds.This behavior cannot be tolerated,please feel free to speak up if you are up there and see vehicles off the trail.
6/26/12 – From the Aspen side, snow continues to block the road about 3/4 mi. above the Taggert-Wilson huts. The road is passable up to an elevation approaching timberline. All the usual locations have substantial snow remaining in spite of a dismal winter. Very little avalanche activity last season. Let’s encourage all trail users to stay on the trail, and use a shovel if our way is covered in snow. Please don’t “go around”. The creek crossings are all in good shape,peak runoff has come and gone, and there is very little water in Castle Creek.
6/21/12 – Came from Aspen side, Still snow drifts but not until above tree line past the wet rock obstacle. The drifts we encountered were small but 3-4 ft deep off camber. Samurai able to cross / winch over.
6/16/12 – From Castle Creek Rd. the trail is open past huts to 11,400 ft.just below tree line where impassable drifts are encountered.
5/30/12 – On the Aspen side you can get about 100 yards past the Montezuma Basin Road turnoff where the Pearl Pass sign is and there’s snow. Montezuma Basin Road is open almost all of the way to the Castle Peak Trailhead where there’s snow.
5/13/12 – On the Aspen side, you can get about 1 mile past the creek crossing, where a snow blocks the road.
Peru Creek Road White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/13/12
COMMENTS:
6/13/12 – Trail is open all of the way and dry to the gate at the end.
Picayune/Placer Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/18/12
COMMENTS:
5/18/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
Pickle Gulch Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000
COMMENTS:
Pinyon Mesa Open 4/28/12
COMMENTS:
4/12/28 – The trail is open to the gates of the Island Mountain Ranch. This is a great trail on the Colorado/Utah border. Conditions are good but somewhat rough and slow. Dense oak makes the scenery difficult at times. You may see deer, elk, and bear in here though.
Pole Hill Canyon Lakes 970-498-2770 Open 5/16/12
COMMENTS:
5/16/12 – Trail is open according to National Forest Service.
Pomeroy Lake San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
COMMENTS:
Poughkeepsie Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 6/18/12
COMMENTS:
6/18/12 – Open all the way. Very dry and rougher than I remember. The Wall is covered in loose dirt and debris and is possible more difficult due to the conditions. Otherwise, it’s good.
6/16/12 – Open both ways, dry, dry, dry.
Ptarmigan Pass White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715
COMMENTS:
Radical Hill White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/30/12
COMMENTS:
6/30/12 – Trail is open with only a small amount of snow on one of the switchbacks but does not interfere with travel
Rampart Range Pike/South Platte 303-275-5610
COMMENTS:
Red Cone White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 6/14/12
COMMENTS:
6/14/12 – Red Cone is now open.
6/10/12 – Closed as per the sign off of US 285.
Red Canyon Park Canyon City
COMMENTS:
Rollins Pass – East Side Roosevelt/Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 6/10/12
COMMENTS:
6/10/12 – Open all the way except for drift at Yankee. Passable but hairy. Potholes have gotten very bad. it is a bumpy ride all the way to the top.
3/25/12 – Snow drifts start 1/4 mile up the trail. Can’t get near the washout or the other large drifts. Will be at least 6 weeks before you can get to the lakes. We had to pull a jeep from NM out of the drift.
Rollins Pass – West Side Arapaho/Sulphur 970-887-4100 Partially Open 6/13/12
COMMENTS:
6/13/12 – Gate is now open. We traveled to the top. They are doing some minor road work, but road is is good shape.
6/9/12 – Road closed same as 6/8 post. Sign on gate says it opens on 6/15 Road dry and in good shape.
6/8/12 – Road is open to the gate past the James Peak Protection Area sign not to far past the forest boundary. comments: Road is dry and in good shape to the gate which is still locked. USFS doesn’t know when it will be unlocked. Grand County Road and Bridge did not know when they would send resources to open the gate and plow out the top.
Red and White Mountain White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715
COMMENTS:
Saints John White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/7/12
COMMENTS:
6/7/12 – Open all the way tiny patch of snow. Drove Saint johns out of Montezuma and took North Fork of Swan in to Breckenridge. Both roads were clear and in good condition. One patch of snow on Saint Johns right before where the road meets the intersection for deer creek road and n. s. fork of the swan roads. Drove right through it no problem.
5/27/12 – Closed, made it .5 mile from the gate before we hit snow banks covering the road. Dry until the snow.
4/22/12 – Still closed. Slushy snow and muddy up to the cabin. Didn’t go any farther as I was in a stock xterra. I’d say it needs 1 month of no more snow. This was on the Montezuma side.
Saran Wrap Pike National Forest Near Colorado Springs
COMMENTS:
Schofield Pass White River/Sophris District 970-963-2266 Open 7/2/12
COMMENTS:
7/2/12 – : Schofield pass is open all the way to 4x4s. Traveled uphill through the punch bowl. There is a small rock slide across the trail 1/4 – 1/2 mile uphill of the last of the steps at the Punchbowl.The slide is drivable but off camber.
6/21/12 – Traveled to Marble from Crested Butte and back on 6/21/12. Open for Utv’s and Atv’s. The snow bridge is still tough to cross. Probably another couple of weeks to melt.
6/17/12 – Was closed 1/4 mile from emerald lake by barricade. Went up paradise divide side and went to schofields pass and found it blocked by snow just below Emerald Lake.
6/10/12 – Came up from Marble and all is clear until just before the iron bridge. 200 ft snow bridge passable but then a 10 ft snow wall was not. UTV’s from Crested butte made it the whole way, wont be long for 4×4’s.
6/2/12 – Closed on the Gothic side The usual snowfield just before Emerald Lake is blocking the road again. It’s surprisingly large, considering how little snow we got last winter. It will take at least several weeks to melt – I’m guessing mid July? Other than the snow pile, the road is dry except for a shallow pond which has come up over the road at Rustler’s Gulch turnoff.
4/9/12 – Snowed in past Baldy Stomp, about 2 miles past the forest boundary.
Scotch Creek Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Partially Open 5/4/12
COMMENTS:
5/4/12 – Open to the snowline.
Sevenmile San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open all year 4/2/11
COMMENTS:
4/2/11 – Open all year, snowy and slushy, but doable.
Shrine Pass White River/Holy Cross
White River/Dillon
970-827-5715
970-468-5400
6/13/12 Open
COMMENTS:
6/13/12 – Open all the way from Redcliff to Vail Pass Recreation Area. The first few miles out of Redcliff have a few pots holes and ruts.
Sidney Basin Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
970
COMMENTS:
Shrine Pass White River/Holy Cross
White River/Dillon
970-827-5715
970-468-5400
Open 5/29/12
COMMENTS:
5/29/12 – Open all the way A little snow on trail near Shrine, but completely passable
Slate River Road/Paradise Divide
COMMENTS:
Slaughterhouse Gulch Pike/South Platte 303-275-5610 Open 4/1/12
COMMENTS:
4/1/12 – The trail is open all of the way. Nothing is blocked.
Spring Creek Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 5/5/12
COMMENTS:
5/8/12 – open all the way. lots of rockslides going down into Georgetown making it almost impassable w/ fullsize rigs (width) Muddy,some snow and rockslides going down into Georgetown
Stony Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 6/16/12
COMMENTS:
6/16/12 – Trail is open all the way, clear and dry. Trail condition is excellent, with recent work done on the rocky sections in the lower switchbacks on the Silverton side.
5/18/12 – Open as far as Pole Creek which is running very high.
Swan and Wise Trail, middle fork White River/Dillon 970-468-5400
COMMENTS:
Taylor Pass Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 6/8/12
COMMENTS:
6/8/12 – Trail is open from Taylor Park to Aspen.
5/29/12 – Open to top of Gunnison side if you go to the right of the lake long way is still blocked by snow.
5/14/12 – From the Aspen side–you can get about 1 mile from the top of the pass where a snow drift blocks the road — might be 1&1/2 miles, you can see the top at that point. Road dry–snow slushy.
Tincup Pass San Isabel/Salida
Gunnison/Gunnison
719-539-3591
970-641-0471
Partially Open 6/15/12
COMMENTS:
6/15/12 – Trail is open all the way from both directions. There is still snow on the St Elmo side just before the summit. It is wide enough for a jeep and maybe slightly wider but not much more. Rest of trail on both sides was fine.
6/10/12 – There is a snowdrift 100 yards from the top on the St. Elmo side blocking travel for full size vehicles. Vehicles less than 50″ can pass through.
6/3/12 – Blocked by large snowdrift about 1/4 mile from top of pass on eastern approach from St. Elmo. Probably another couple of weeks before this melts enough to be passable.
5/30/12 – Not passable yet. Stopped by snow about a quarter mile from the pass. Direction of travel was from St. Elmo.
4/26/12 – Started up trailhead from St Elmo but was stopped by snowpack at about 1.3 miles.
Tomichi Pass Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 7/6/12
COMMENTS:
7/6/12 – The trail is open all the way.
5/29/12 – Tomichi is snowed in on the shelf road on the Hancock side.
Treasure Mountain Loop Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/20/12
COMMENTS:
5/20/12 – Open according to the Forest Service.
Twin Cone Pike, South Platte 719-836-2031 Open 6/5/12
COMMENTS:
6/5/12 – Yes – dry all the way to the summit. I believe it was mentioned last year, but the trail has been graded all the way to timberline. Above timberline, the last portion of the trail to the summit is still rocky and may give stock 4x4s a problem. There are still a couple of rocky play areas on the trail but they are now completely optional.
6/3/12 – Open all the way. Grated last year. Up to timberline is now easy, all opsticles were destroyed and put to the side. At timberline to the radio tower is still difficult with the last 100 yards requiring a lift, better tires, and skids at a min. No more then 3 vehicles at the top.
Uncompahgre Plateau Area
COMMENTS:
Wager Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
COMMENTS:
Warden Gulch White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/16/12
COMMENTS:
6/16/12 – Open all the way to the end of the road. Very rough with loss rock and steep. Narrow in places with one sharp switch back. Off of Peru creek road before Chihuahua Gulch
Wearyman Creek (FS747) White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715
COMMENTS:
Webster Pass/Handcart Gulch White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 7/1/12
COMMENTS:
7/1/12 – Trail is open all the way.
6/9/12 – Gate is open on the Montezuma side. Still partially blocked with snow at the top. Trail is in good condition. Most of the trail is clear and dry to the top of the pass. Creek crossing is about 12″ or so. Still too much snow at the top for a vehicle to pass, but cycles can make through. Another week or so should do it
Weston Pass Pike/Fairplay
San Isabel/Leadville
719-836-2031
719-486-0749
Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Open all the way. Some pretty major pot holes, but rocks don’t come more than four inches off the ground for the most part. Immediately past summit on west side there is potential for major mud issues, but dry at the moment.
4/7/27 – Partially Open. Made all of the way past the actual pass but had to back track about a mile and a half past the pass when I came across an unmodified Ford pickup truck with Oklahoma plates blocking the path stuck in a snow drift. No owner present We entered from the Hwy 285 east side of the pass and made it all the way to the very top of the pass with no obstacles whatsoever. Right at the crest of the pass an 8 foot deep drift fills the road but there is a drive around. On the west side of the pass, things started to get a little more challenging. There was a long nasty looking stretch of muddy ruts that looked much worse than they were. Tracks on the ground indicated most turned around here. We went on, the mud extended for about a 1/4 mile or so and snow drifts started to appear sporadically. Tracks through them indicated someone had made it, so we continued. At this point we noticed a Subaru off the road and deep in a gulch on southwest side of the road. I checked, nobody there looks like might have been there all winter. About 3/4 of a mile further and we came across the stuck Oklahoman. He had abandoned the truck on the trail between large bushes and snow drifts in such a way, I couldn’t go around without great risk. No winch points and I wasn’t going to tow the truck out of the way without the owner present. However we could see clear road on the other side of the drift he was stuck in.
Wheeler Geological Area
COMMENTS:
Wheeler Lake Pike/South Park 719-836-2031 Open 6/7/12
COMMENTS:
6/7/12 – Open all the way up, some good size snow drifts toward the lake though.
6/2/12 – The trail is open all of the way.
Williams Pass San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
COMMENTS:
Yankee Boy Basin Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Partially Open 5/26/12
COMMENTS:
5/26/12 – Trail in great shape passed Twin Falls, up to shale rock switchbacks. Snow covering road Snow too deep to guarantee crossing up switchbacks.
5/12/12 – Open to the snowline.
Yankee Hill Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 4/19/12
COMMENTS:
4/19/12 – Open all of the way. There are some mud puddles and a few bits of snow here and there, but the trail is otherwise passable already.

 

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Product Review: Tuffy Security Products FJ Cruiser Console

We have had the Tuffy Security Products Console insert in the Main Line Overland FJ Cruiser for a little over a week now and we are loving it.  I have to say that if our FJ Cruiser had come with the optional passenger armrest, (yes I said optional!)  we may have held off a bit longer on purchasing one.  The arm rest portion of the console is covered in marine grade vinyl very comfortable and still allows for use of the factory divers side arm rest.  The console insert is finished in a black textured vinyl, which blends right in with the factory console and interior.The console boasts a 16 gauge steel construction and security is provided by Tuffy’s patented Pry-Guard II Locking system which features a 10 tumbler double bitted lock and heavy-duty latch.  As important as the locking system the attaching hardware also plays a vital role. Tuffy advertises this as a no drill console, which it is, utilizing two factory console mounting points to bolt right in with the supplied grade 8 hardware.  For an extra security feature they provide a larger third mounting bolt which does require drilling, however this may not be a must for all prospective buyers depending on what is being stored.  We chose to drill and install the third bolt to give us peace of mind when storing valuables or weapons.

We feel comfortable utilizing the console insert for temporary firearm storage due to its heavy construction, superior attachment points and serious locking mechanism.  There is a lot of available storage in the insert due the depth of the console as well as its integrated interior and exterior storage trays.  We have had a 6.5″ S&W 29-2 .44 Magnum and Ruger Vaquero .45 Long Colt safely holstered & stowed in the console. On other occasions we have had the 29-2 and a Sig P220 stowed with a good bit of room to spare.

We are not just pushing Tuffy Products because we sell them, rather because they are the only way we have felt confident leaving a firearm locked in an unattended vehicle short of removing a cylinder or slide. As of this writing we could not be happier with the fit, finish and quality of the Tuffy product. If you’re a hunter or carry a firearm Tuffy Security Products are the way to go!

**Obviously you must be conscious of all local state and federal laws when having a firearm in a vehicle loaded or unloaded!**

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