Emerald Mountain trail closures kick in

Several trails to be shut for at least five weeks

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— Last week’s announced trail closures on the upper slopes of Emerald Mountain became reality Thursday as 58 acres on the mountain’s slopes were roped off. Rogue Resources began what it says will be a five-week process of removing beetle-killed pine trees.

Stairway to Heaven, Abby’s Root Canal, Forest Loop and the Ridge Trail connecting Emerald Mountain from Cow Creek will be closed. The Blair Witch, 9-Way and Hudson and Quarry Mountain trails also will be partially closed. Warning signs and roped-off sections will let bikers know when it’s time to turn back.

A news release from Steam­boat Springs Fire Rescue said the trails should be open again by July 23.

The closures won’t affect the Town Challenge Mountain Bike race scheduled for Wednesday, though that event will mark the only public access granted during the logging period.

The Emerald Cross-Country Slash & Burn race will start at 5:30 p.m. with children’s rides. The adults will take off from the Howelsen Hill starting line beginning at 6 p.m.

More information about the course for that event is at www.townchallenge.com.

Details about which trails are open are on the Routt County Riders website.

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