McCullough Gulch Road and McCullough Gulch Trail Temporarily Closed Beginning September 6

White River National Forest

 

Dillon Ranger District

Contact: Kate Jerman (970) - 945-3271

Paul Semmer (970)- 262-3448

11:00 a.m.  

McCullough Gulch Road and McCullough Gulch Trail Temporarily Closed Beginning September 6

Dillon, Colo.– Sept. 1, 2016 – The McCullough Gulch Trail (#43), south of Breckenridge, will be closed to all users beginning September 6 to allow for removal of an unauthorized bridge and debris in the drainage.  The McCullough Gulch Road (#851) and McCullough Gulch Trail (#43) will be closed at the intersection of Blue Lakes Road (#850).  The closure will be in effect from September 6 through October 1, 2016, Monday through Friday, for both motorized and non-motorized users. Hikers will be allowed on the road and trail on weekends. Access to Quandary Peak Trail will remain open during this time.

“In 2014, a bridge over McCullough Creek was constructed without authorization and damaged the stream side habitat,” stated Bill Jackson, Dillon District Ranger. “This effort will restore the damaged wetland area back to its natural state which is important for habitat. We realize this may cause some inconvenience – thank you for your patience while we are working in the area,” added Bill Jackson.

Forest Service and Colorado Department of Corrections crews will begin working in the area starting September 6 by mobilizing equipment and materials for the bridge removal and re-vegetation of the disturbed area. Due to the topography in the area, there are no viable options for a detour on McCullough Gulch Trail while construction is taking place. The Forest Service regrets any inconvenience the road and trail closure may cause Forest visitors. The public is urged to exercise caution when traveling any road or trail on the White River National Forest and to respect all road closures where construction activities are taking place.

“These temporary road closures on our county roads ultimately affect both residents and visitors of Summit County”, said Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons. “The Summit County Sheriff’s Office supports this cleanup effort and during the temporary closure will work in partnership with the United States Forest Service to ensure public safety.”

While McCullough Gulch Trail is closed, hikers and backpackers are encouraged to visit other trails in the area, including the nearby Spruce Creek/ Mohawk Lakes Trail system just 5 miles to the north of McCullough Gulch. For more information about alternative backpacking/hiking opportunities, please contact the Dillon Ranger District Office at 970-468-5400, or stop by during business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:00pm.

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