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Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed

Posted: 1:34 PM, Apr 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-26 15:34:29-04
Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed
Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed
Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed
Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed
Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed
Homestead Meadows, other trails still closed

More than 2 1/2 years after the 2013 floods, three trails in Larimer County will remain closed to hikers for at least several more months.

Portions of the Homestead Meadows Trail were completely destroyed and are unstable, according to the Forest Service.

"Analysis work for a new trail location will be needed before work can take place due to the extensive damage," officials with the Canyon Lakes Ranger District said.

The Lion Gulch Trail was also heavily damaged and remains closed.

"Bridge work and trail restoration are both needed," officials said. "It is anticipated to stay closed through 2016."

The Forest Service said the Young Gulch Trail was one of the most heavily damaged trails by both the 2012 wildfire season and the 2013 flood and it remains fully closed.

"Analysis work for a rebuild has been completed and work will start taking place in 2016," the Forest Service said. "Due to the extensive amount of work needed, it will not open this year."

Three other damaged trails are open:

  • North Fork Trail is partially open to hikers.
  • Crosier Mountain Trails are open, but some additional work may take place this year or next to improve the temporary repairs made in 2014.
  • Hewlett Gulch Trail is open, but officials said early rains in 2015 did more damage and additional restoration work is needed.

The Forest Service said over 600 hours of volunteer work took place on flood-damaged trails last season, in addition to work done by Forest Service trail crews.

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