Post Winter Hazards

It’s been a long winter. We all want to get out on our trails. Feel free to do so but travel with caution. Although the trail below looks inviting, look closer at the tree across the trail 100 yards out.


The picture below is why I really stopped here. This is the Middle Fork Trail up Blackwood Canyon. It parallels the paved Forest road 03 to Barker Pass. I’ve actually asked the FS to close the trail until repairs can be done.


My fear is someone not paying attention, more likely at night, might drive off the road,


Back to the pictured tree across the trail. There is evidence that people are going off trail to get around the tree. My motto: “Turn Around, Don’t Go Around”. If you come across such an obstacle, use your winch or a strap to clear the problem. If you can’t stay on the trail and clear the obstacle, turn around.


On upper Barker Pass Road, there is still a little snow wheeling to be done.


I didn’t take picture of all the downed trees I came across. Most were smaller or not blocking the entire trail. On a motorcycle, it’s much easier to get around a tree in the trail without doing resource damage.


There are plans in the works to get out to all the side trails off the Rubicon to clear the obstacles. We’ll leave the snow for you though.


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Deer Valley to officially re-open!

I just received this email from the forest service:

On June 23rd the snow sensor at Blue Lakes recorded snow water content of less than 1 inch (  As stated in the Final Decision Notice for the Deer Valley 4wd Trail Meadow Restoration and Blue Lakes/Meadow Lake Road Maintenance Project,  the Deer Valley 4wd trail (19E01) will be opened for wheeled motorized vehicle use 6 weeks after documented snowmelt.  This means that the Forest expects the trail to be open to the public on August 3rd this year.

The Forest is also planning a number of volunteer work days in September to help implement trail work and meadow restoration along the Deer Valley 4wd Trail. Individuals interested in assisting with the repair/restorations should contact Sean McGinness ( for additional information.

Matt Brown Botanist

Forest Service

Eldorado National Forest

p: 530-647-5390

4260 Eight Mile Road Camino, CA 95709


Of course, I worry about lines like this one: “the Forest expects the trail to be open”

What the heck does that mean? Will they find another reason to close the trail? Will someone else step in and file another lawsuit?

Stay tuned!


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