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More trails open in Steamboat as drier weather arrives

Butch Boucher competes in the Storm Peak Hill Climb on Mount Werner in 2015.

— Cyclists and hikers this weekend will be greeted by sun and temperatures in the 70s, as well as some additional trail openings.

The city of Steamboat Springs' four-person trail crew has been monitoring trail conditions on Emerald Mountain and removing fallen trees.

Howelsen Hill supervisor Brad Setter said the Blair Witch trail would open Friday.

"Basically, everything below that is already open," Setter said.

The top half of NPR was still closed Thursday. Members of Routt County Riders were going to survey the trail soon to see if it can be opened.

The four-mile Morning Gloria trail is still closed.

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On the backside of Emerald, the Rotary and Ridge trails are both open. The Beall Trail is still closed and typically does not open until mid or late June because of a seasonal elk closure.

Gretchen Sehler, a trail steward for the Emerald Mountain network, asked people to stay off muddy trails, so they stay in good condition for the entire season.

On Tuesday night, about a half-inch of rain fell.

"After huge rain events, it takes awhile for Emerald to dry out, especially when there is a lot of ground water below the surface," Sehler said.

The city also maintains the Spring Creek Trail, which is open, but there is still snow at the top.

The Hot Springs and Mad Creek trails are both dry.

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