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Emerald Mountain logging operations begin today

Time of work and trail closures

• July 11 – July 31: Lane of Pain from Quarry Mountain Trail to BLM property boundary, Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven

• July 25 – Aug. 5: Temporary closures of Quarry Mountain Trail, Hudson, Prayer Flag Road, Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven, Wild Rose

• Aug. 1 – Oct. 15: Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven, Abby’s, No Mo’ Bluez

• Aug. 15 – Sept. 15: Morning Gloria

• Aug. 31 – Sept. 2: One full day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain Trail System while helicopter logging removal is in process







Time of work and trail closures

• July 11 – July 31: Lane of Pain from Quarry Mountain Trail to BLM property boundary, Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven

• July 25 – Aug. 5: Temporary closures of Quarry Mountain Trail, Hudson, Prayer Flag Road, Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven, Wild Rose

• Aug. 1 – Oct. 15: Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven, Abby’s, No Mo’ Bluez



• Aug. 15 – Sept. 15: Morning Gloria

• Aug. 31 – Sept. 2: One full day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain Trail System while helicopter logging removal is in process



— Emerald Mountain users can expect to encounter trail closures beginning Monday as the city embarks on a summer-long project to remove hazardous trees.

The project is the conclusion of a six-year effort to remove beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees.

Beginning Monday and continuing through July 31, the closed trails are Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven and Lane of Pain from the Quarry Mountain Trail to Bureau of Land Management property boundary. The timeline for project is approximate.

“There is nothing we can do about it,” Routt County Riders board member Eric Meyer said. “It’s definitely going to impact trail use on Emerald.”

To pay for the work, the city received funds from the Colorado State Forest Service. The city is matching those funds to treat up to 59 acres of dead, sick and diseased trees.

According to the city, the tree removal will make the trails safer, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat.

The areas in which logging will occur will be reclaimed and revegetated.

Steamboat-based Rogue Resources will be doing the logging.

Meyer said Routt County Riders has informed its members about the closures, which include a full closure of the Emerald Mountain Trail System on Aug. 31, when a helicopter will be used to remove logs.

The city anticipates there will be at least one route open for a majority of the project providing access to the Ridge and Beall trails on the backside of Emerald Mountain.

Scheduled races, such as the Steamboat Stinger and Rabbit Run, will not be impacted by the closures.

Meyer said he hopes the trails will be returned to their original condition or improved.

According to the city, there will be opportunities to re-route unsustainable portions of the Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven and Abby’s trails.

New trails

Two new sections of trail have been opened at the base of Emerald Mountain.

A new trail — about a third of a mile long above the rodeo grounds’ cement bleachers — was constructed to help novice riders climb the beginning parts of the mountain.

Meyer said the trail bypasses three steep climbs with grades of 20 percent or more. The new trail has an average grade of 5 percent.

The city has also opened a new portion of the No Pedaling Required Trail, or NPR. The new portion picks up where the upper portion of NPR stopped.

The new portion has parallel beginner and intermediate trails.

NPR is a downhill-only trail for mountain biking.

Both the new sections of trails were paid for with lodging tax revenues. The grant from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Recreational Trails Program helped pay for the NPR trail.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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