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    Post Silverton trail conditions 2019

    Does anyone have any recent reports of the trails near Silverton? Here it is the end of June but we've had one hell of a winter with lots of snow and avalanches.

    I hear you still can't get to Animas Forks Ghost town. Is that right? Road from Silverton still has an avalanche blocking the way? Can't get up Lower Engineer pass trail (also called Mineral Creek trail)

    It sounds like all the tails are dead ends but I think my info might be out of date.

    I plan on going up there this weekend if I can get anywhere.
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    kemosabee's Avatar
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    Ophir just opened today; below is around 24hrs old

    "Stony Pass is opened today road is muddy on top and Pole Creek is high do not cross alone be with some other vehicle!! Lots of trees rocks and water be careful and use good judgement if possible! California Pass opened to top working down might be in Animas Forks by Friday or early next week?"

    From Lake City --

    OHV/4-Wheel Drive Roads -
    CR 20 (Engineer Pass) is open to Thoreau’s Cabin
    CR 30 (Cinnamon Pass) is open to Grizzly Gulch/Burrow’s Park
    • Carson/Wager Gulch (CR 30) – (Potential snow and debris on roadway, use caution while traveling)
    • Nellie Creek – (Potential snow and debris on roadway, use caution while traveling)
    • Cottonwood Creek (CR 30, CR 35) – (Limited travel due to downed trees)
    • Round Top (Lake City Ski Hill/CR 14)
    • Powderhorn Lakes (Hwy 149 N, Powderhorn area)
    • Deer Lakes/Cannibal Plateau (Hwy 149 S, CR 50)
    • Cathedral Area/Los Pinos/Big Meadows (Hwy 149 S to CR 50 Deer Lakes Rd)
    • Rio Grande Reservoir (Hwy 149 S. to FS 520)
    • Stony Pass to Pole Creek (Hwy 149 S., FS 520)
    • Brown Lakes (FS 520 to FS 516)
    • Black Mountain Lake (FS 520 to FS 514)
    • Heart Lake (FS 520 to FS 518)
    • Continental/Rito Hondo Reservoirs (Hwy 149 S. to FS 513)
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    kemosabee's Avatar
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    Not sure if you're on the Facebook or not but there's a Southwest OHV group that is updated on a regular basis with trail conditions.

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    Thanks Kemosabee
    Where did you get this?
    Quote Originally Posted by kemosabee View Post
    Ophir just opened today; below is around 24hrs old

    "Stony Pass is opened today road is muddy on top and Pole Creek is high do not cross alone be with some other vehicle!! Lots of trees rocks and water be careful and use good judgement if possible! California Pass opened to top working down might be in Animas Forks by Friday or early next week?"
    EDIT: We posted at the same time. I guess Facebook is the answer.

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    I got the Ophir update from San Miguel County and Bridge

    https://scontent-den4-1.xx.fbcdn.net...e4&oe=5DC50644

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    A portion of the Black Bear Pass shelf road has collapsed and there is still a lot of snow up there.

    I have a permit for our group to run Black Bear Pass in reverse on August 4th. Today I called the San Miguel County road department and they said it will be a month before Black Bear Pass is open. I was told it could be open before that but it's "very unlikely" that it will be open by August 4th.

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    I'll be impressed if Black Bear is open by August 4th.

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