No access to Bridal Veil Falls – Wednesday, July 12th
No access to Bridal Veil Falls on Wednesday, July 12th No vehicles, hikers or bikers allowed. The San Miguel County Road Crew will be coming off of the switchbacks on Black Bear Pass creating dangerous conditions for anyone below the road.
From . Ouray County Road and Bridge
ENGINEER PASS IS NOW FULLY OPEN!! Special thanks to US Forest Service, Yenter Company and Road and Bridge Operator for combined efforts to clear the pass of rock slide and hazards so quickly
Fiat/Chrysler has issued a recall for all Jeep JK Wrangler models. This recall, S43/NHTSA 16V-352, concerns the airbag systems in all JK models. According to the recall parts are now available at your dealer for this “no cost” repair. Call your local dealer for making the appointment for your airbag replacement. Use the recall number when calling. It is estimated the repair will take a minimum of 2 hours. The repairs are being done on an appointment basis. You may call their toll free number for more information at 1-866-220-6765.
Road Assistant:Rock scaling mitigation is underway on Engineer Pass (County Road 18) in efforts to get the road opened as soon as possible. The Ouray County Road department is working to get assistance in clearing the landslide and perform rock mitigation in the area affected. There is still no definitive date for the opening of the Alpine Loop access from highway 550. As the work is performed, there will be further study for stabilization of the slide area.
Due to a massive landslide approximately 3/4 of a mile from the beginning of the Alpine Loop on Mineral Gulch from Highway 550, the Alpine Loop is closed to all traffic from the West end.
There is no word yet from Ouray County as to when the road may be re-opened. A massive landslide came down covering the newly graded area of the road up from the highway and also wiped out a portion of the “ledge road” allowing access to the rest of the Alpine Loop from hwy 550. This also puts access to the Poughkeepsie Trail to limited from the southern end near Lake Como or the North end of the trail from the east and Animas Forks.
Here is a sneak shot of the dash of the interior of the new Jeep JL which is scheduled to replace the current Jeep JK. More photo’s to come!
Ouray county has announced they will attempt to begin clearing and opening of trails in the county beginning May 3rd. Watch for equipment in the area as the Road & Bridge Gang work to open trails in the upper elevations. There is no set schedule as to the order in which trails will be plowed. Trail openings will be done strictly by the current conditions. The county reports it may be a month or more before all trails will be opened due to the weather. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution during the plowing operations.
After a very quiet lull in the audience, Corey Bloom volunteered and was subsequently nominated as the new Land Use Officer to fill the remaining term vacated by Todd Bacon. Since there were no other nominees, Corey will be formally voted into office at the next club meeting. The Land Use Officer monitors proposals by the BLM and Forrest Service and any other governmental agencies which would affect any of the trails used by the Off Road Community. Corey will fill the job until the end of term in December.
Well, Easter Jeep Safari for 2017 is in the history books. The Western Slope 4 Wheelers were well represented along with Montrose County. The club showed a great response to the request by Montrose County to man a booth during the Vendors Show to -promote the newly opened Rimrocker Trail. A group of volunteers manned the booth beginning with the setup on Wednesday and through Friday afternoon. Along with passing out more than a thousand bags stuffed with maps, history and other Montrose area information, the volunteers met over 1200 people and answered their questions on this new trail. Answering the question of running a trail over 160 miles long over two or more days, the response from the public was very high. Many folks were a bit disappointed to learn it was still closed in two places because of late snow but most added the Rimrocker Trail to their bucket list of trails to run. One couple from Arkansas was so excited about running it, they were already making plans to return, possibly as early as this summer! The response to the trail was very high, a surprise for a lot of us there at the booth. Many people came by the booth after hearing others talk about the “New” trail from fellow jeepers the day before or while out running other trails during the week.
The event gave club members a good exposure to the interest in the new trail There is still more work to be done on the trail. We will be running a GPS exercise in July to finish the last two sections of the trail. It’s also planned to video the trail for the county and to get the final history written for the last sections. The club has been very instrumental in helping the county get the information needed to update the Rimrocker website and the new inter-active map should be up and operating by the end of summer. Meanwhile, the county is moving forward with work on the official trail head on the Montrose end with the installation of potable water, restrooms and the grading of the parking area. The club hopes to begin construction of the OHV Training area this summer as well.
Thanks to all who participated in this event.