Perimeter Trail Extension and Trailhead Project Moves Ahead

The Perimeter Trail Extension and Trailhead Project, a collaboration between OTG and the USFS and City of Ouray has received a "green light" from the Forest Service.  The USFS recently completed administrative review and authorized the trail construction on two National Forest parcels, the last step OTG needed to move forward with the trail extension.

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Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Join us in celebrating our volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.  This year our picnic/happy hour will be held on Thursday, September 29th from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Amphitheatre Overlook.  The Overlook is near the Bill Forsythe memorial bench.  Bill was a founding member of OTG and our first president.  Drinks and snacks will be provided, but please bring a camp chair. You are also welcome to bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  

In the event of rain, the party will be moved to the Hart home at 909 Potosi Pl. in Ouray.  Please call or email Lisa at 970-209-5246 or ouray.otg@gmail.com for more information or questions.

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Hiking Trail Conditions Update August 11, 2022

Trail Closures and Hiking Trail Conditions Update

for Trails near Ouray, Ridgway, and the Cimarrons August 11, 2022

The Richmond Trail from the Highway 550 Trailhead to the junction with the Full Moon Trail is closed by the U.S. Forest Service until December to protect public safety during reclamation of the nearby Irene Mine. The upper Richmond Trail and Richmond Pass can be reached via the Full Moon Trail. To our knowledge, all other trails in our area are open and accessible.

The Dallas Trail trailhead on County Rd. 17 3 miles north of Ouray was temporarily closed by flood debris from nearby Corbett Creek but is now open again. Please respect No Parking signs if present, to allow county workers to continue clearing debris. As of this writing, parking is available on the east side of the road.

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Hiking Trail Conditions Update June 30, 2022

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Trail Closures

Hiking Trail Conditions Update

Covering Trails near Ouray, Ridgway, and the Cimarrons June 30, 2022

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The Richmond Trail from the Highway 550 Trailhead to the junction with the Full Moon Trail is closed by the U.S. Forest Service until December to protect public safety during reclamation of the nearby Irene Mine. The upper Richmond Trail and Richmond Pass can be reached via the Full Moon Trail. To our knowledge, all other trails in our area are open and accessible.

Trails and roads to trailheads at all elevations are mostly snow-free, but a few snow or ice patches may persist in shaded or drifted areas above treeline. Streams are mostly running at normal flows and are crossable on roads and trails, but always be aware of flooding, rockfall, and of course lightning hazard from rainstorms that are now frequent.

Trail Conditions

U.S. Forest Service contractors, volunteers of the Ouray Trail Group, and other Forest Service collaborators have cleared down trees, brush, and debris from most trails near Ouray and in the Highway 550 and County Road 361 corridors, and some trails farther afield in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Some specific trail conditions to note:

Baldy Peak area trails (Baldy, Okeson, Shortcut, Left Fork Cutler, and Cutler Creek Trails)- Several down trees on the trail require care to pass over or around.
Bear Creek Trail- A rough section remains about 2.3 miles up from Highway 550 Trailhead, where the trail crosses a steep debris slope above the creek. Rough repairs have been made, but use extreme caution crossing this section.

Blue Lakes Trail-open throughout. In July expect a Forest Service contracted work crew on the trail between the County Road 7 Trailhead and Blue lakes Pass. The trail on the steep alpine slope east of the pass is damaged by rockslides and debris flows and has poor footing. Use extreme caution passing this section.

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