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Mountain Bike Trail Update


Select trails from the St. Sophia Gondola Station have re-opened for public biking. Please check out specific trails on white boards in the gondola station.

The following is courtesy of the Daily Planet.

USFS closes ski area trails to bikes Due to heavy rains, trails are closed indefinitely By Matthew Beaudin Editor Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009 11:39 PM CDT The rain always gets its way. It keeps people inside when it rains, and even after it stops. Heavy rains in the past weeks have forced the U.S. Forest Service to close all trails on the Telluride ski area to mountain bikers indefinitely, due to the erosion caused when wheels tear through muddied trails. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the USFS cited “resource damage” as a reason for the closures of all trails on National Forest lands within the ski area boundary. The closure affects trails such as the Ridge, Village and the Coonskin loop. The more popular Prospect Trail — which knifes through forests en route to the Alta Lakes basin — is closed also, but due to elk calving in Prospect Basin. That trail is scheduled to open on July 1. “We understand that people are excited to get out and start using these trails,” said Judy Schutza, Norwood district ranger in a press release. “We want to open the trails as soon as possible but we need to balance this with our responsibility to protect the trails from damage.” Last week, the Forest Service opened the Ridge Trail and Coonskin Loop Trail but kept all of the other trails closed due to either muddy conditions or elk calving concerns. Bikers riding on the Village Trail were causing damage to the land by riding through wet sections and around snow banks, Schutza said. A bulk of the trails are accessed from the San Sophia gondola terminal. Since the USFS doesn’t have an employee at the station, officials thought the best way to be “good trail stewards” was to close all trails accessible from the station until dry, the release states. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation until travel is safe and effects are acceptable,” Schutza said. Telluride Trail (down the front of the ski mountain Telluride) is open to hiking but closed permanently to biking. Hikers are still able to exit the San Sophia gondola station but are encouraged to stay off trails that are still wet.  

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