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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Hiking Trail Conditions Update June 10, 2022

Trails and roads to trailheads below 10,500 feet elevation are mostly snow-free and accessible, but some snow patches persist in shaded or drifted areas. Above 10,500 feet elevation expect the possibility of snow or ice in places on trails. Streams are running lower than usual for this time of year from snowmelt, but some stream crossings may be dangerous or impassable.

Trail Maintenance

Volunteers with the Ouray Trail Group or other Forest Service collaborators have cleared down trees and brush and repaired the tread surface of the following trails this season:

Alpine Mine Trail- entire
Bear Creek Trail- rough preliminary repair to a blowout section 2 miles up from Highway 550 Trailhead Blain Basin Trail- to first basin near treeline
Corbett Trail- entire
Corbett Canyon Trail- entire
Dallas Trail- from County Rd 17 Trailhead to 2.5 miles up, and County Rd 7 Trailhead 2 miles east Dexter Creek Trail- from Trailhead to 2.2 miles up
Horsethief Trail- from Trailhead to Bridge of heaven
Ice Park Trail- entire
Oak Creek Trail- from Pinecrest Rd Trailhead up 1 mile to junction with Twin Peaks Trail, and

from Silvershield Trail junction to Corbett Canyon Trail junction Old Horsethief Trail- entire
Old Twi Peaks Trail- entire
Perimeter Trail- entire

Portland Trail and connector to Upper Cascade Trail- entire Silvershield Trail- entire
Sutton-Neosho Trail- entire
Twin Peaks Trail-entire

Upper Cascade Trail- entire
Weehawken Trail- from County Rd 362 Trailhead to about 1 mile above junction with Alpine Mine Trail

NOTE: Conditions change daily, and you may encounter newly fallen trees or other obstacles on these trails. Other trails likely have down trees or other obstacles in places, particularly in drier forests below 10,000 feet elevation. Most are easily bypassed but be careful. To report trail problems, go to our website at www.ouraytrails.org.

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Other Trail Notes

The Blue Lakes Trail from the County Road 7 Trailhead has several down trees that can be bypassed. Expect some snow and ice on trail near and around the lower lake.

The Oak Creek Trail has large numbers of down trees on the northern section between the Silvershield Trail junction and the saddle over Twin Peaks Ridge. The Ouray trail Group hopes to clear that trail on June 16.

The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Richmond Trail from the Highway 550 Trailhead to the junction with the Full Moon Trail until approximately December to protect public safety during reclamation of the nearby Irene Mine. The upper Richmond Trail and Richmond Pass can still be reached via the Full Moon Trail.

Remember to respect other trail users and yield to equestrians, pack out your trash, be prepared for mountain weather, and let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.

To contact the Ouray Trail Group Trail Maintenance Team:

ouray.otg@gmail.com 

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Ouray Trail Group Ouray Colorado

PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org | ouray.otg@gmail.com

We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray area trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray Ranger District. Copyright 2021 Ouray Trail Group.

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