Snow in the air on the West Elk Trails

From Peggy Tibbetts:

There was snow in the air up on the West Elk Trails on Saturday, September 30, which also happened to be National Public Lands Day.

Tod and I took the CJ out on the trails to do a little maintenance. Even Odin joined in the fun!

Plenty of thunder & lightning and rain mixed with snow followed us out to Eric’s Loop.

A lot of big dead trees came down last summer.
More than usual. We cleared trails as far as the winding trail down to the gully. There are 5 big trees down on that section. We didn’t have the equipment or manpower to clear those. Plus there’s a dead aspen bending over the trail that will need to come down. So there’s still a lot more work to be done. However today is the first day of rifle hunting season which lasts through November 19, so we will be clearing trails after hunting season ends and before ski season begins.

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Save the Date: June 10, 2017

Please join the Rifle Ranger District and West Elk Trails Inc
for a Trail Maintenance Day!

June 10, 2017
9:00 a.m.

We need your help maintaining the Mansfield Trail.

Work includes but is not limited to: constructing drainage features, limbing, brush cutting, sign installation and invasive weed eradication.

Meet at the cattleguard just past Mansfield Trail at the Forest Service Boundary at 9:00 a.m.
(park at Forest Service Boundary on CR 245)

Please come prepared to work outdoors, dress appropriately for weather conditions: wear long pants & sleeves, bring gloves, hat, sunglasses, closed toe shoes/workboots, sun block, water and snacks. Bring your own hand tools such as shovel, limb loppers, pick,etc.

This event is open to all ages: children under age 18 must have parent or guardian present.

For additional information and registration contact the Rifle Ranger District at 970-625-2371 or West Elk Trails 970-876-2196

Saturday, April 1

Stakes and posts were pulledĀ  today. Tod Tibbetts, Aaron Mattix, and Bruce Kime hauled the ginzugroomer off the snow, and so grooming operations have ended for the season.

Snow conditions deteriorated rapidly this past week. A few bare spots on Hwy 819 and Kay’s Loop. Eric’s Loop is no longer passable due to snowmelt and mud.

See you next season!

 

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