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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby USAKeller » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:43 pm

FireOnTheMountain wrote:
USAKeller wrote:FWIW, the Mt. Sanitas ridge trail is still in pretty good shape. The valley trail, however, looks like Baghdad.


Is Sanitas open now? That mountain has a special place in my heart :roll:

No, it's still blocked off and police are only letting residents by ID up our canyon. I know someone who sort of poached it! I really should have prefaced my original post with "when it opens up..."

I can let you know when it does open back up though!
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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby Wildernessjane » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:07 pm

From the Jeffco FB page website: "I'm happy to report that the trails up here (Centennial Cone) are in great shape!" Although there are some puddles and muddy spots on Elk Range, "Centennial Cone is in good shape and a solid option for visitors."

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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby oldschoolczar » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:48 pm

Is there a trail up centennial cone?

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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby rijaca » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:49 am

oldschoolczar wrote:Is there a trail up centennial cone?


No.
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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby Wildernessjane » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:34 am

The OP was looking for places to go trail running since all of the trails around Boulder are (were?) closed. I was referring to an earlier post with an update about Centennial Cone, which is a Jeffco Open Space Park outside of Golden.

Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby bergsteigen » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:22 am

Here's one of the first trail volunteer opportunities in Boulder. Too bad it's on the same day at the Fall Gathering.

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1165839641&OR=1

Fifty volunteers needed Saturday, October 5th at the Silver Lake Ditch to dig out sediment that was deposited from the recent flood. REI is co-sponsoring this project with City of Boulder, OSMP. Lunch and a free T-shirt are provided by REI!
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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby HikerGuy » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:09 am

Here is a link to a listing of all open trails:

https://bouldercolorado.gov/pages/osmp-trails9-21

And a press release from last night:

NEWS      
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

Media Contacts:

Jim Reeder, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-413-7640

http://www.bouldercolorado.gov

Open Space and Mountain Parks has now opened one-third of 145-mile trail system

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department opened several more trails today, and has now opened one-third of its 145-mile system since flooding caused extensive damage. OSMP has also opened 10 trailheads.

On Thursday, OSMP opened:

Flatirons Vista trails, including Prairie Vista, Flatirons Vista North and a portion of Flatirons Vista South. The Flatirons Vista trailhead remains closed. Trail users can park at the Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead parking lot.
Marshall Mesa trailhead and trails associated with the trailhead, except the High Plains trail.
The 1st/2nd Flatiron trail. Closures to climbing are still in place.

Many of the trails that have been opened have received temporary repairs, such as bridges. Permanent repairs, re-routes or reconstruction will be made as time and funds allow.

All open OSMP trails are listed at http://bit.ly/15msF85 and at BoulderFloodInfo.net. Newly opened trails are currently accessible from dawn to dusk, and visitors must remain on-trail because of potential hazards and safety risks.

OSMP is now using volunteers to help the department rebuild trails. Since flooding receded, volunteers have been assisting OSMP in closing dangerous areas.


EDIT: RMNP status update, 93% open, http://www.dailycamera.com/top-stories/ci_24183917/rocky-mountain-national-park-mostly-reopened

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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby CarpeDM » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:59 pm

On Thursday, OSMP opened:

Flatirons Vista trails, including Prairie Vista, Flatirons Vista North and a portion of Flatirons Vista South. The Flatirons Vista trailhead remains closed. Trail users can park at the Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead parking lot.
Marshall Mesa trailhead and trails associated with the trailhead, except the High Plains trail.


This is interesting. We drove by a few trailheads yesterday at dusk, one of which was Marshall Mesa. It still had a "Closed" sign up. But you could still get into the parking lot, unlike South Mesa and Doudy Draw.

I haven't hiked from Flatirons Vista in several years, but doesn't that still link up with all the Doudy Draw trails as well? Maybe they just put signs/barricades up at certain points.
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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby pbakwin » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:30 pm

Yes, trails are blocked off with buck-rail fencing, orange plastic mesh fencing and yellow police tape. The last couple of days I've seen several OSMP employees stationed at various spots along the open trails, presumably making sure that people don't leave those trails. It seems like Boulder didn't open any more trails today, so we're still at 1/3 of the trail miles open, zero at night and zero off-trail open. Meanwhile, RMNP is 93% open (trail & off-trail), with this statement on their website:

"Backcountry travelers will encounter different conditions than they have experienced in the past. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance and adventure are expected. Hikers should be prepared to take responsibility for their own actions; search and rescue may be delayed. Be prepared to stay overnight even if you are a day hiker. Hiking poles may be helpful on uneven trails. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Expect missing foot bridges, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, standing water, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs. Be prepared; hike at your own risk."

Oddly, Boulder opened the 1st/2nd Flatiron Trail, which goes by both the bottom and the top of both Flatirons, but climbing those rocks is still not allowed. Frustration with the slow pace of re-opening is palpable in Boulder. Literally hundreds of people are chomping at the bit to pitch in and help re-build the trails. Yet, so far OSMP has offered only 1 trail project last Weds afternoon, which was announced Weds morning. And they're asking for 50 volunteers for 10/5 to help clean out a ditch. The degree to which the Open Space staff are out of touch with this community continues boggle my mind.

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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby jpenny » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:55 pm

Did Falcon the day after the original post and it was fine. Also did the Centennial Cone in Golden yesterday and no damage whatsoever. Great suggestions everyone. Even if they were to reopen Boulder today I believe I would still have to go and check out the rest of the recommendations. Had a blast. And pbakwin, I couldn't agree more. I would love to help get these trails open ASAP. I also believe I saw you on the Bells and Pyramid on Saturday. I was wearing the UD pack.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions including the book. I'm going to have to look into that.
Also, does anyone know the Indian Peaks conditions? Boulder Canyon road is supposed to open within a month and I would like to go up there. I assume that it is fine but would like to make sure.

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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby Jeff Valliere » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:30 am

Just an FYI, Bear Peak and S. Boulder became accessible again as of today:

https://bouldercolorado.gov/pages/osmp-trails9-21

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Re: Trails near Boulder

Postby jsdratm » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:05 pm

Jeff Valliere wrote:Just an FYI, Bear Peak and S. Boulder became accessible again as of today:

https://bouldercolorado.gov/pages/osmp-trails9-21


Awesome news, Shadow Canyon is open as well! It was my go-to winter hike two years ago. I am planning to schedule a bunch of CMC hikes for it.

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