Feedback from the recent Jeepers Jamboree reported running into early snow on many of the higher elevation trails during the runs on the weekend of September 16 & 17. Several of the groups reported snow over Hurricane and Engineer Passes as well as on the Black Bear Pass and Imogene summits. The weather service is reporting the mountains have been receiving snow in amounts of over a foot in many areas. Early forecasts show several passing storms may bring additional snow to the higher elevations. Use caution when traveling any trails with summits over 10,000 feet. If the forecasts hold true we may see some early trail closures this Fall.
We now have a new administrator/moderator for our Facebook page. New member and active four wheeler, Monica Welch has volunteered to take over the Facebook page editorial duties.
Thanks to Monica, our page can now be updated in a more timely manner.
A new feature has been added to the Membership page effective with the September 2017 meeting. The club meeting minutes will now be posted as PDF files for viewing. Go to the membership tab in the menu and click on the Club Meeting Minutes link, then select the month wanted and the minutes will open in your PDF viewer.
With about 20 Jeeps from Montrose, WS4W traveled over to Nucla for the 2017 Rim Rocker Trail Rally. This was the second annual rally following the opening of the Rim Rocker Trail in August of 2016. A lot has been accomplished since last summer and Montrose County decided to throw a party of thanks for all who contributed to the establishment of the trail. With 160 miles of fun and dirt, the Rim Rocker Trail has officially become the longest off-road trail in Colorado! With the trail head located 1/4 mile past the end of pavement of old Colorado highway 90, the trail winds its way over Columbine Pass and down into the old mining town of Nucla. From there it travels on a westerly course, crossing the Dolores River, then climbs the Paradox Plateau to the Buckhorn Reservoir camp ground. Heading Northwest it’s only a few miles before the trail crosses over into Utah and climbs into the La Salle mountains. Eventually the trail drops down to the arid lands of the high desert and its completion in the town of Moab.
The Montrose County Commissioners presented several plaques and conveyed their thanks for all the various organizations and volunteer hours spent in making the trail possible. The Western Slope 4 Wheelers Club was singled out for spearheading the efforts by hosting the trail committee meetings and doing much field work in getting the trail marked. With free food and refreshments a grand time was had by all.
The 2017 Jeep Jamboree to be held in Ouray, CO, September 14th thru the 16th is SOLD OUT, but there is a waiting list. See club calendar for details and contact information.
Rained all night. Some minor mudslides reported by members in around the area. More rain forecasted all day!
SORRY, but Safety First.
Vandals tore out the North Gate of the Poughkeepsie Trail just off Mineral Creek. The ws4w Trail Crew found the damage when heading up to unlock the gate at the direction of the USFS.
The vandals apparently used a winch to pull out the locking post along with the concrete and dragged the entire assembly off the trail damaging the gate. The USFS has further information as to
the possible culprits and are currently investigating the incident. No decision on repair of the gate has been made as of this date.
If further instances like this continue, the USFS will simply close the trail PERMANENTLY. If anyone has information leading to the arrest/prosecution of the individuals involved you are asked to contact the USFS.
Ouray County Road & Bridge crew worked overtime to re-open CR361 into Yankee Boy. There is reported to be a lot of mud and debris still on th road and drivers are cautioned when driving the shelf portion of the road. Efforts to clean the roadway are still underway so please use caution when driving this area.
The BLM/San Juan County has opened the Southern gates to the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail as of today. The Northern gate will open on Wednesday 7/19/2017 about Noon.
The WS4W Trail crew will be leaving Montrose at 9am to head up for the trail opening. You should expect the trail to be completely open at that time. The late opening was mainly due to our late winter and heavy snow accumulations. For more information on this and other trail status, please refer to our Current Trail Status page of the club’s website at www.ws4w.com .
After yesterdays trail closure to allow the removal of equipment, San Miguel County has brought the bulldozers down off the trail and officially opened the Black Bear Trail this morning, 7/13/2017.
County road crews caution early travelers that there is still considerable snow, mud and loose rock on the trail. The trail is passable but again travelers are urged to use caution.