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Snow, Avalanches and Summer Planning

May 30, 2019

Thousands of down trees remain after an historic avalanche year. The Trails2000.org Trail Conditions report is updated regularly from Trail Reporters. The US Forest Service has issued a release stating the following regarding trail, road and camping access.

Travel to the upper reaches of San Juan National Forest continues to pose challenges. Due to a historic avalanche season, late-season snow, and wet conditions, some recreation areas or roads are still inaccessible. Debris movement through waterways, culverts, across trails and high-water runoff continues. Dead trees can fall at any time. Don’t camp or park near dead or discolored trees and keep away during strong winds. Know before you go, call the Ranger District you plan to visit to check local conditions.

At lower elevations, many roads and campgrounds are open for travel, while upper elevation campgrounds and popular dispersed camping sites remain under snow. Current campground, road, and trail information can be found on the San Juan National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ In order to ensure a camping spot, advanced reservations are recommended at popular developed campgrounds by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the World Wide Web at www.recreation.gov

If you’re considering a wilderness trip this year, it’s not too early to start thinking about how this deep snowpack will affect your plans, particularly in the early part of the summer. Some things to expect: challenging route finding, swift creek crossings, icy passes, and debris blocked trails.

The Hermosa area affected by last summer’s 416 Fire reopened earlier this month. However, some trails may be impassable due to burned area hazards such as falling trees, unstable soils, and debris flows. Forest officials remind travelers that bicycles and motorized vehicles are required to stay on designated trails in the Hermosa Creek Watershed Special Management Area. The area and trails closed by last summer’s Burro and Plateau fires have also reopened with similar fire related hazards. Entry into burned areas is at your own risk.

With the heavy snow year, last summer’s wildfires, and standing or fallen beetle-killed trees, Forest staff will continue to monitor and assess conditions and let the public know when things change. Saturated soils also have the potential to cause landslides and road slumping. Be prepared to turn around when slides have crossed roads or roads have eroded away. As personnel and time allow, trail clearing and reconstruction will be targeted where needed.

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