Eldorado National Forest lifts seasonal road closures | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Eldorado National Forest lifts seasonal road closures

Kristi Schroeder
Special to the Tribune

The Eldorado National Forest will end the wet weather seasonal closure for dirt roads and trails on April 1. “We recently reviewed the road and trail conditions and found that they met our criteria for ending the seasonal closure,” said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “With California in the fourth year of a severe drought we are expecting forest conditions to be extremely dry this summer and reservoir levels to be low. Visitors should exercise caution when out in the forest. It’s also important that visitors obtain a motor vehicle use map to make sure that the dirt road or trail they intend to access is designated for public motorized travel,” Crabtree said.

The minimal mandatory seasonal closure is from Jan. 1 through March 31. Due to heavy rains beginning in November, the seasonal closure began Dec. 1 this year. Given the small amount of rain and snow this winter overall, the roads will open on the first day after the mandatory closure period. The seasonal closure applies to routes identified on motor vehicle use maps, which are available free-of-charge at all Eldorado National Forest offices and on the Forest’s website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.

At the same time, other closures are still in effect. The roads in the King Fire Closure area are still closed. These roads are under review for possible reopening in the near future. The Mormon Emigrant Trail, a route that connects Highway 50 with Highway 88, also remains closed to through traffic due to snow on the eastern end. The seasonal closure does not apply to the Rock Creek Recreational Trails Area near Georgetown, which has its own wet weather closure procedures.

Forest Information is available on the Eldorado National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado. Twitter updates on prescribed burning activities are available @EldoradoNF.

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