Large boulders partially block the Mad Creek Trail following a rock slide. The U.S. Forest Service is telling horseback riders to avoid the blocked trail until the boulders can be removed.

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Large boulders partially block the Mad Creek Trail following a rock slide. The U.S. Forest Service is telling horseback riders to avoid the blocked trail until the boulders can be removed.

Rock slide hits Mad Creek Trail, making it impassable for horses

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— The U.S. Forest Service is asking horseback riders to avoid part of the Mad Creek Trail until crews can remove a pile of large boulders that have blocked the trail after a rock slide.

Hikers and cyclists can continue using the trail but will have to hobble over the boulders about 1/2 a mile past the start of the trail.

The Forest Service said the rock slide has made the area impassable for horses.

"We're going to try to get it taken care of quickly," said Kent Foster, the recreation program manager for the Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District.

Horseback riders who still want to get to the picturesque Mad Creek Barn and the Zirkel Wilderness Area still can get there by using the nearby Red Dirt Trail that starts 1 mile north of the Mad Creek Trail on Routt County Road 129.

They also can take the Hot Springs Trail to Forest Road 128 and then get to the barn.

The rock slide was reported to the Forest Service on Thursday morning.

The rocks are thought to have fallen sometime Wednesday after a period of heavy rain.

To check the status of the trail, call 970-870-2299.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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