Trail Status after 2007 Blowdown
This page is to keep an updated status on the hiking trails after the
New, an update based on a hike Marina and I
took to Willow Lakes on July 4, 2007
I have put what is below into a map
Green Solid = Clear - good for horses
Green Dashed = Assumed Clear but I have no first hand knowledge, mostly
based on number of people on a trail and talking to them
Yellow = Can be hiked but not clear for horses
Red = Impassible,
Red Dashed = Assumed Impassable.
Ruby Ranch Access points:
Garnet - Cleared
Upper Emerald - Cleared
Lower Emerald (by the water tanks) - passable but
not cleared (Doug), work was done this past weekend and will continue
Top of Emerald by the top tanks - Last time I
was on it, it was passable but not cleared.
From Ruby Ranch to Gore - Cleared, three log bridge
is now a two log bridge, and the dirt bridge is getting some
maintenance by Gore Range Outfitters
From Ruby Ranch to Mesa Cortina Trailhead - no first
hand knowledge but have been told it is now open
Gore Range Trail
From Mesa Cortina to the Falls - First hand
knowledge, cleared through the meadows, do not know about from the
meadows to the Falls and beyond
From Mesa Cortina North - Cleared to the North Fork
of Willowbrook, a bit past the North Fork it is impassable as of
Gore Range Trail from Ryan:
1) Gore Range Trail (from
Rock Creek TH to Boulder Lakes TH) - Clear (no trees down) and heavy
use on Saturday.
(2) Boulder lakes TH to Lower
Boulder Lake - Clear and minimal use (saw about 6 people)
(3) Gore Range Trail (from
Boulder lake TH to Slate Creek/lake TH) - Heavy tree damage/fell (not
sure of the appropriate usage of "fell" please amend as you see fit)
all along this stretch (and along the higher ridges in particular)
. However, still navigable with 50 lb packs. Minimal to no
traffic (saw 2 people).
(4) Slate Creek/lake TH to
Lower Slate Lake - first 2.5 miles clear because it ran along a
meadow. Last 1.5 miles Heavy tree fell (aspens and pine) all
along this stretch. However, still navigable with daypacks.
(5) Gore Range Trail (from
Slate Creek TH to Brush Creek TH) - First 3 miles: Heavy tree fell
(aspens and pine) (and along the higher ridges in particular) .
However, still navigable with 50 lb packs. Last 2 miles from the
first lost lake TH/loop intersection to the Brush Creek TH : Someone
had cleared most of the fallen trees. Zero traffic.
WillowBrook to Mesa Cortina - Presumed cleared
WillowBrook to Gore - Presumed cleared
Eagles Nest to Gore - Presumed cleared
Acorn Creek - No blowdown at all see my Acorn Creek writeup
Ptarmigan West Access (the one most people take) ???
Ptarmigan South Access (old logging road) ???
Buffalo Cabin - ??? - I know that there was a work day on this trail
Mesa Cortina to Buffalo Cabin Spur - ?????
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This page last updated July 8, 2007