Friday, September 21, 2001
Steamboat Springs Hunters, hikers and anyone else wanting to get to the Slavonia Trail Head can now move along Seed House Road freely.
The U.S Forest Service reopened the trail head after having it closed for two weeks because of helicopter logging.
"They completed work on (Monday). The closure signs were removed and the gate was open," Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Pipher said.
Portions of the Downdraft salvage area and the Jet Stream salvage area, where logging crews have been removing blown down trees since mid-July, called for the use of a helicopter to remove the timber.
Both salvage areas are near the eastern portion of Seed House Road, near the Slavonia trail head. The flight pattern of the helicopter went right over the popular forest access and forest officials said they were concerned about falling debris.
In the two weeks of work, a helicopter moved 150 million board feet or 30 truck loads of downed timber from the 1997 Routt Divide Blowdown in areas that couldn't be easily reached by any other means, Pipher said.
"During the two weeks that it was closed, only one car drove past the closure signs," Pipher said.
Slavonia accesses one of the most popular hikes into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area, the Gilpin-Gold Creek Loop, also known as the Zirkel Circle.
"I bet the colors are really beautiful up there right now," Pipher said.