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Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

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Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby SteveBonowski » Wed May 22, 2013 3:58 pm

USFS has just announced that this trailhead; to Kit Carson & Challenger; will be closed to vehicular public access from May 29 to July 3. Purpose is for road reconstruction, installation of a trailhead toilet and new kiosk.

I've forwarded the e-mail, with attachments, to Bill for posting. Steve Bonowski

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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed May 22, 2013 4:08 pm

Excellent, albeit a bit of an inconvenience since they could have done this a month ago.
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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Wed May 22, 2013 4:11 pm

Probably a good thing, there is one spot on the road in that I doubt a passenger car could navigate. I remember seeing quite a few up there two years ago.

Could have given us a little more advance notice though.

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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby SteveBonowski » Wed May 22, 2013 4:25 pm

They just awarded the contract last week. There are some "historical hints" that stuff like this has to be approved through a central office in Albuquerque. I recall that there were some delays with contracts for CFI, back when I was active with that group. Bill is more up to date, now, about CFI than I am.

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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed May 22, 2013 4:27 pm

Below is the text from the press release. I've made this thread an announcement and also placed an "alert" at the top of each 14ers.com route description which starts from the Willow Creek TH.
Thanks, Steve!

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May 20, 2013

Forest Service Road 949 [Willow Creek TH] closed until July 3

CRESTONE, Colo. – The Saguache Ranger District plans to close Forest Service Road 949 [to Willow Creek TH] and the South Crestone/Willow Lake Trailhead from May 29 through July 2 while construction workers make improvements to the road and trailhead. In order to ensure public safety, the closure extends 300 feet on either side of the road and 300 feet around the trailhead. The road and trailhead may be opened earlier than July 3 if the work is completed sooner than anticipated.

The planned work includes upgrading the rough FSR 949, modifying the trailhead area to improve parking and vehicle flow, installing a new ADA accessible toilet, improving drainage around the trailhead and installing a new information kiosk. The work is mostly being paid for through Title II funds from the Secure Rural Schools Act.

For more information concerning the closure and the planned improvements, contact David Hosack at 719-655-6122.


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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby SteveBonowski » Thu May 23, 2013 11:13 am

You're welcome. To give credit where due, I just noticed that Mike Blakeman from USFS also posted the notice on the trailhead status page.

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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby TomPierce » Thu May 23, 2013 12:46 pm

Too funny, they characterize that road as "rough." I got my low slung Acura coupe up that road twice last year with no problems, only one spot I even had to think about. Maybe they could fix the Como Lake road instead? :lol: Anyway, always good to respect closures.

Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby Nelson » Thu May 23, 2013 1:37 pm

Is this closed to hikers too or just vehicular traffic?

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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Thu May 23, 2013 2:29 pm

Nelson wrote:Is this closed to hikers too or just vehicular traffic?

I don't believe there's any parking at the start of the road, plus the closure extends 300' outside the road so walking might not be possible since there's private land all around the first mile.

Anyway...

For more information concerning the closure and the planned improvements, contact David Hosack at 719-655-6122.
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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby DaveLanders » Thu May 30, 2013 8:49 pm

I just saw a press release that said it was ok to park at the FS boundary, and hike the road to
the trailhead, as long as you didn't obstruct any of the construction work. I have no idea of the
validity of this, as compared to what Bill posted.

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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby larkinrx2 » Thu May 30, 2013 8:53 pm

DaveLanders wrote:I just saw a press release that said it was ok to park at the FS boundary, and hike the road to
the trailhead, as long as you didn't obstruct any of the construction work. I have no idea of the
validity of this, as compared to what Bill posted.



If so then add a rough 3 miles RT?
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Re: Trailhead closure: Willow Lake/Sangre de Cristos

Postby schrund » Thu May 30, 2013 10:25 pm

I've heard there is a TH in that Baca Grande subdivision on the south side of Crestone that cuts in to the trail - though I've never checked it out. Come to think of it, just after that 1st stream crossing the trail does go to the right as well as to Willow Lake (to the left), so maybe that's where it cuts in :?: (parking and neighborhood restrictions not withstanding)
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