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Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby Cara Benson » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:08 pm

I can see that the smoke is heavy over the area. Does anybody know if there are any closings in the San Juans? We were planning to hike in from Needleton in a week and camp to hike Sunlight, Windham, Eolus.

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby GeorgiaTyler » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:44 pm

I was just south of needleton few days ago and everything is open, and great. but who knows what will happen in a week... super dry, real cloudy here in DGO now so hopefully we'll get some precip.

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby halfdomer » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:31 pm

Depending where you're coming from, you may be impacted by road closures to get to Durango (e.g. Wolf Creek Pass)

For 160 from www.cotrip.org
Closed east of Pagosa Springs to South Fork over Wolf Creek Pass, due to nearby wildfire. Potential Opening Date: The multi-agency incident command team is working towards a possible opening of the pass on Saturday, June 29. Please note, this opening is dependent upon three main events: the local evacuation orders must be lifted prior to the highway opening; the comprehensive traffic control plan details need to be finalized (for safe escort of motorists); and the fire behavior must remain moderate. Travelers must check back before making travel plans.

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby YEONDERIN » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:33 pm

I’m going into CB tomorrow and have had similar questions. Will try to post an update when I get back. I did notice that the moisture is starting to build in that area now, more than it has been for many weeks so maybe that will help the fire issue.
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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby Cara Benson » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:34 am

Good info on road closures, halfdomer. Thank you!

Yes, YEONDERIN, if you can post when you come back, I'd be very grateful! Many thanks.

Thanks, also Georgia, for report. Hope the rain came!

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:33 am

YEONDERIN wrote:I’m going into CB tomorrow and have had similar questions. Will try to post an update when I get back. I did notice that the moisture is starting to build in that area now, more than it has been for many weeks so maybe that will help the fire issue.


Not trying to be a jerk but I m not sure how road conditions coming from FC to CB will have any significance towards Durango? They are a few hundred miles apart.

Any update on Conditions in Chicago Basin would be appreciated. I am headed that way near the end of July and obviously a lot can take place over the next several weeks but it might be nice to know what we are in for as I begin to track this stuff leading up to our trip.
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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby seth0687 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:48 am

J-RockandRockpile wrote:
YEONDERIN wrote:I’m going into CB tomorrow and have had similar questions. Will try to post an update when I get back. I did notice that the moisture is starting to build in that area now, more than it has been for many weeks so maybe that will help the fire issue.


Not trying to be a jerk but I m not sure how road conditions coming from FC to CB will have any significance towards Durango? They are a few hundred miles apart.

Any update on Conditions in Chicago Basin would be appreciated. I am headed that way near the end of July and obviously a lot can take place over the next several weeks but it might be nice to know what we are in for as I begin to track this stuff leading up to our trip.



We just booked out tickets; will be in the basin July 12-15. I'll get a conditions report up at the very minimum when we return.

Seth

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby halfdomer » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:52 am

I went to CB last weekend from Denver. The fastest way to get there, wolf creek pass, closed that day and have been since from fires. We had to detour taking 50 and 550.

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby evolve » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:20 pm

Crazy smoky in Durango today. Presumably from NM fires. Might also explain why despite this being a thread about Chicago Basin, I kept reading CB as "Crested Butte". I couldn't figure out why it was relevant and was especially confused about wolf creek pass being the fasted way to get there from Denver. ](*,)

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:15 pm

seth0687 wrote:
J-RockandRockpile wrote:
YEONDERIN wrote:I’m going into CB tomorrow and have had similar questions. Will try to post an update when I get back. I did notice that the moisture is starting to build in that area now, more than it has been for many weeks so maybe that will help the fire issue.


Not trying to be a jerk but I m not sure how road conditions coming from FC to CB will have any significance towards Durango? They are a few hundred miles apart.

Any update on Conditions in Chicago Basin would be appreciated. I am headed that way near the end of July and obviously a lot can take place over the next several weeks but it might be nice to know what we are in for as I begin to track this stuff leading up to our trip.



We just booked out tickets; will be in the basin July 12-15. I'll get a conditions report up at the very minimum when we return.

Seth


I would greatly appreciate that as we are headed down last weekend of July.

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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:16 pm

halfdomer wrote:I went to CB last weekend from Denver. The fastest way to get there, wolf creek pass, closed that day and have been since from fires. We had to detour taking 50 and 550.


I guess I m missing something but are we talking CB as in Crested Butte?

If yes, the fastest way to CB from Denver is not Wolf Creek Pass - not even close.
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Re: Chicago Basin in the San Juans

Postby herdbull » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:35 pm

I'm on the 8:45 am train tomorrow and coming out on Tuesday. Sitting in Durango now killing time at the library. If I can I'll give you an update on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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