One Of Colorado's Original Downhill Mountain Bike Trails Is Shut Temporarily Closed

Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Disputes between private landowners and the agencies that govern public lands are not uncommon. Due to this, and the safety concerns that have come from this dispute, the Warren Gulch Trail on the Arapaho National Forest is closed until further notice. An explanation of the issue was given in a USDA-Forest Service news release.

"The historic Warren Gulch Trail is a 4.3-mile National Forest System trail on the Clear Creek Ranger District that has been in existence since at least the 1930s. The trail begins near Echo Mountain on Colo. Highway 103, heads north, and then runs steeply downhill. The lower third of the trail crosses several private claims with multiple owners, terminating near Idaho Springs.
Felled trees now block the trail on portions of private land at the bottom of the hill, which is used predominately by mountain bikers riding at high speeds. These safety threats cannot be cleared due to easement issues. As mountain bikers are unlikely to turn around at the steep downhill section that borders the private property, the entire trail will be closed until a solution is identified."

Warren Gulch Closure Map - Credit: Arapaho National Forest
Currently there are plans for a route-finding and environmental analysis, which if all goes well, will lead to a rerouting of the trail so that it may be reopened. The hope is to have this complete by the fall of 2020, however, the signed order closing the trail is in effect until December 31, 2020.


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