Eldorado National Forest to lift seasonal road closure Tuesday

Published: Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 - 11:14 pm

A wet-weather closure of dirt roads and trails in the Eldorado National Forest will be lifted Tuesday.

The seasonal closure applies to routes identified on maps that are available free of charge at all Eldorado National Forest offices and at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.

Although current road and trail conditions meet the criteria for ending the seasonal closure, officials warn motorists that spring storms can temporarily soak the routes, making them susceptible to damage.

“Visitors may encounter soft road conditions and have the responsibility to not damage these roads and trails,” Laurence Crabtree, forest supervisor, said in a written statement.

He also noted that forest users may encounter routes with hazards such as potholes, rocks and recently fallen trees. Routes at higher elevations may still be covered with snow.

Mormon Emigrant Trail, a route that connects Highway 50 with Highway 88, remains closed to through traffic because of snow.

The seasonal closure does not apply to the Rock Creek Recreational Trails Area near Georgetown, which has its own closure procedures for wet weather.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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