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City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks officials today announced the re-opening of the Bear Canyon Trail following last week’s fire closure. Bear Canyon Trail above west of the Mesa Trail will be open, effective immediately, up to where hikers can connect to Green Mountain via the Green-Bear Trail. Travel is limited to on-trail only. Fern Canyon, Bear Peak West Ridge and Shadow Canyon trails remain closed.
Because much of the area that burned is on very steep slopes, contained very large trees, and was largely inaccessible to fire crews, some areas of active fire may continue to smolder for some time. Dangerous conditions continue to exist, especially along the eastern edge of the fire and in Fern and Shadow canyons.
“We had a spot fire in upper Shadow Canyon,” Stone said, “and smoldering trees can topple over and ignite at any time. Burning logs and debris can roll downhill on such steep slopes and start new fires. So we still have to be somewhat cautious about opening all of the area around the fire even though these areas may not actually have burned.”
Open Space and Fire Department staff will continue to assess the fire potential and risks to the public over the next few weeks. The city will strive to strike a reasonable balance between risk and access to these popular natural areas.
A map of the continued closures is attached to this release.
For information, visit www.osmp.org or call 303-441-3440.
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department is recruiting volunteers for a trail building project on National Trails Day, Saturday June 4, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This effort will assist in re-routing a section of Green Bear Trail. Volunteers will clear the trail corridor, haul slash and generally work toward establishing new tread. The re-route will move a portion of the trail out of the Bear Canyon riparian area. This, combined with previous trail projects, will help improve the entire length of the riparian area in Bear Canyon. Riparian areas provide essential habitat for a long list of plant and animal species and are some of the most biologically rich areas on the OSMP system.
A portion of the re-route will move the trail out of Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse habitat. This federally listed species requires riparian shrubland habitat, like those found in Bear Canyon, for feeding, breeding, and hibernation. The new trail alignment will also be more sustainable, resulting in a reduction of trail erosion that can both degrade water quality in the creek and impact native vegetation.
Volunteers should dress in layers and bring appropriate clothing for rain and full-sun exposure. Work gloves, sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, a long sleeved T-shirt, a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen and a hat are also necessary to participate. Tools and lunch will be provided. In addition, each volunteer will receive a custom-made project tee-shirt.
To pre-register for this event please visit www.osmp.org or call 303-413-7632. Due to the type of work and the location, registration is limited to 50 participants. These will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Designated parking will be at New Vista High School parking lot at 700 20th St. Volunteers will be shuttled to the project site.