14er fundraiser climb planned for July 24
Volunteers of America is sponsoring a Climb a Fourteener benefit climb of Handies Peak on July 24.
The hike will begin at 8 a.m. All funds raised through registration fees will benefit the Southwest Safehouse and Durango Community Shelter.
Transportation to and from American Basin is available through Hermosa Tours.
There also are camping options for participants.
For more information, visit www.voacolorado/southerncolorado.org, or call 259-1021.
Seniors Outdoors! sets hikes this week
b There will be a moderate hike to Spud Lake at 9 a.m. Saturday with an option to swim in the lake. RSVP to John Martin at 247-2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
b Starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, there will be a hard hike starting at the end of the road above the South Mineral campground. The route will go via the Rico-Pinkerton, Engineer Mountain and Pass trails, ending at the top of Coal Bank Pass. RSVP to Lynn Coburn at 247-0914 or email@example.com.
b The Wednesday Wanderers will make an easy hike to Jacobs Cliff/Dalla Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Contact trip leader Dell Manners at 385-0533 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP for non- members only.
b There will be a hard hike to Lake Hope, starting at 7 a.m. Thursday at the end of the road at South Mineral Creek. The hike will go to Lake Hope via Hope Pass. RSVP to Sherry Suenram at 259-5259 or email@example.com.
b The SO! Ladies Friday a Field group will take a moderate hike to the Engineer meadows with a longer option. The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. July 23. RSVP to Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or rdb835 @frontier.net.
Fosset Gulch Road closure announced
Five miles of the Fosset Gulch Road (Forest Road 613) will be closed to through traffic beginning July 26 to allow for pipeline construction and road reconstruction.
The northern closure point will be about two miles south of U.S. Highway 160, restricting access to the Bull Canyon Road and the Fosset Gulch area of the HD Mountains.
The closure may extend to November, although segments of the road will be reopened as construction activities are completed.
The work in Fosset Gulch is part of a larger project that will connect five existing natural gas wells to gas transmission pipelines.
Lake Creek Bridge work planned
The San Juan National Forest will be conducting heavy maintenance next week on the Lake Creek Bridge on the Pine River Trail six miles north of the Pine River trailhead.
As a result, the Lake Creek Bridge will be closed to the public for three to four days beginning Tuesday.
During this time, hikers and stock users seeking access to Emerald Lake, Flint Creek and other trails in the Weminuche Wilderness via the Pine River Trail will need to cross through Lake Creek downstream of the bridge.
Although current water levels are low, care should be used to select a safe location to cross.
Treasure Falls Trail reopens to public
The Treasure Falls Interpretive Trail near Pagosa Springs has been reopened to the public. The restroom and parking facility also have reopened.
The initial stage of hazard tree reduction work at the Treasure Falls site has been completed, officials said.