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Almost all the closures around the Burro Fire in Bear Creek Canyon have been lifted! The only parts that remain closed are a section of the Aspen Loop, the Grindstone Trail and a section of the main Bear Creek Trail where Polly Creek had a debris flow that washed out the trail. The Dolores Ranger District will be working on this section and hopes to have the trail passable within a week or so.
In addition, closures in the area of the 416 fire are slowly changing. See the link below for more information.
For more information see:
San Juan National Forest Burro Fire Closure update
San Juan National Forest 416 Fire Closure update
The next Mancos Trails work day is coming right up! This Saturday, August 4 we will be setting 7 posts for new signage in the Golconda area of the Mancos Spur. All are welcome to attend.
Where, when and what:
We are meeting at 8:00am at Boyle Park in Mancos with USFS Trail Crew member(s) for a safety briefing. We’ll then caravan up the Echo Basin road #566 to the #566A road. The end of #566A is the the trailhead for Trail #173. There is limited parking space at this trailhead so please carpool. The tool trailer and Mancos Trails banners will be at the trailhead. Trail #173 is motorized for vehicles up to 50” wide and we will be making use of a volunteer’s OHV to help ferry in tools and posts about half of the distance we need to travel. Volunteers can expect to hike a total of 4 or 5 miles depending on which intersections they work at. We will work in groups of 3-4. If you show up late, please hike down trail #173 and check in with a crew leader.
We will have some tools from the USFS and SWCCA, but if anyone has digging bars, post hole diggers, loppers, or any other various trail tools, feel free to bring those as well! There are some limited opportunities for other trail work. There is one 4” tree down and several short sections that would benefit from loose rocks removed from the trail.
What to wear and bring:
Be sure to wear sunscreen, sturdy shoes, work clothes, and bring gloves. Bring bug spray as there may be flies. And pack plenty of water as well as snacks or a lunch to eat around noon & get you through till the burgers!
We’ll aim to be back at the tool trailer by 2pm. Mancos Trails will provide burgers & refreshments.
Invite your friends!
Looking forward to seeing you there!