Latest News – May 27
Community Commemorates Tenth Mountain Sacrifices
Forest Service Road Closed for Bridge Repair
Well, at least they waited until AFTER the busy Memorial Day Weekend, but be advised! The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District will temporarily close Forest Service Road (FSR) 391 from Tuesday, May 27 through July 12, 2014 during the replacement of a bridge over North Lake Creek. The Lake County bridge has decaying timber girders and is structurally deficient.
FSR 391 is located approximately 7 miles west of the Town of Twin Lakes on Highway 82. The bridge is at mile marker 0.1 on FSR 391 and is used to access approximately 15,000 acres of Forest Service System lands including the Lake Creek Trailhead for La Plata Peak’s north and west sides.
An alternate trail to access La Plata Peak is at the West Winfield Trailhead. It is located approximately 12 miles west of Highway 24 on Chaffee County Road 390. Additional directions and a map of the alternate trailhead are available from the Leadville District Office, or on the web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc/ldv.
Directions to Alternate West Winfield Trailhead: This trailhead is at 10,380 feet and provides access to La Plata’s south side. Turn west from U. S. 24 onto Chaffee County 390 (dirt). This junction is 14.9 miles north of the stoplight in the center of Buena Vista, 4.3 miles south of the U.S. 24 – Colorado 82 junction and 19.3 miles south of the West Sixth – U.S. 24 junction in the center of Leadville. Go west on Chaffee County 390 for 11.8 miles to Winfield. There are many informal camping areas along this road. From the center of Winfield, go north (right) for 60 yards, then go west (left) on the rough but passable road for an additional 0.4 mile to the Winfield Cemetery. Continue west for an additional 0.2 mile; here the road becomes rougher. Park on south (left) side of the road in an open area.
For additional information, please contact the Leadville District Office at 719-486-0749.
Permits for Firewood Available Starting June 3
The U.S. Forest Service, Leadville Ranger District will begin selling permits for public firewood cutting areas on Tuesday June 3, 2014. Fuelwood cutting is allowed in designated units only and all units are green wood only. There will be one fuel wood area open to public wood cutting and gathering on June 3 with more areas to open throughout the season.
Permits are valid for designated areas in Lake County and the cost is $10 per cord. A minimum of 3 cords must be purchased with a maximum of 10 cords allowed. A map of the designated areas will be included along with load tags.
The Forest Service has a new system for the sale of wood cutting permits and those purchasing permits will now be required to provide a valid driver’s license. Payments can be made by credit card, personal check and cash. Please allow for extra time to purchase your permits under this new system.
For more information about fuelwood cutting on the Leadville Ranger District, please contact us at 719-486-0749 or stop by our office at 810 Front Street, Leadville, Colorado