Canyon Lakes Ranger District still working to repair flood-damaged trails

Many trails across the Canyon Lakes Ranger District were impacted by the September 2013 flood, and a lot of great work by both staff and volunteers has taken place since then.

There were over 600 hours of volunteer work on flood-damaged trails last season, in addition to work by Forest Service trail crews. There will be additional opportunities this season for the public to volunteer to work on the very popular Young Gulch Trail.

Here’s an update on the status of Young Gulch and other trails.

North Fork Trail: This trail is partially open to hikers. It’s anticipated to open more fully in June, after more repair work is completed.

Crosier Mountain Trails: These trails are open, but some additional work may take place this year or next year to improve the temporary repairs made in 2014.

Hewlett Gulch Trail: Although this trail has been reopened to the public, early rains in 2015 did more damage. It remains open, but some additional restoration work is needed.

Young Gulch Trail: One of the most heavily damaged trails by both the 2012 wildfire season and the flood, Young Gulch Trail remains fully closed. Analysis work for a rebuild has been completed, and repair work is scheduled to begin this year. Due to the extensive amount of work needed, the trail will not open this year.

Lion Gulch Trail: This trail was also heavily damaged and is anticipated to stay closed through 2016. Both bridge work and trail restoration are needed. The trailhead is also being used by the Colorado Department of Transportation during road repairs.

Homestead Meadows Trail: Portions of this trail were completely destroyed, making it unstable. Due to the extensive damage, analysis work for a new trail location will be needed before work can take place.

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