Campgrounds, roads opened in forest
Steamboat Springs — Those wanting to escape the crowds this weekend have more options to explore in the Routt National Forest.
With the forest drying out, the U.S. Forest Service has been working to get additional trails, campgrounds and roads open.
“It’s a pretty busy time for everyone,” Hahn’s Peak Ranger District recreation program manager Kent Foster said.
The Forest Service this week opened the first gate on Buffalo Pass, which allows access to trails and dispersed camping sites. There are still feet of snow at the summit of Buffalo Pass, and the second gate typically is not opened until around July 4. Dry Lake Campground is also open.
Up north, Seedhouse Road is now completely open to the Slavonia Trailhead. Both the Hinman and Seedhouse campgrounds off of Seedhouse Road are open.
Forest Service Road 550 going to Wyoming is open until just past the Wyoming border, where there is still an impassable snow drift in the road.
The Hahn’s Peak Campground opened today.
To the west, California Park Road (Routt County Road 80) is open but connecting Routt County Road 42 is closed.
Foster advised users to be careful on side roads, where it might still be soft because of a lot of ground moisture.
The snowline is between 9,500 and 10,000 feet, and campgrounds on Rabbit Ears Pass are still closed.
Trail crews are working to clear downed trees on trails. Foster said about 60 trees were down on the Three Island Trail in North Routt County. Forest users should use caution, especially around lodgepole pine trees killed during the bark beetle epidemic.
“They’re really beginning to come down,” Foster said.
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