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Summit County: Tree-clearing to begin on Peaks Trail

Forest Service continues hazard tree removal

A tree-felling crew from Buena Vista gathers at the North Tenmile Creek trail before setting out to cut hazardous trees.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The popular Peaks Trail, between Frisco and Breckenridge, and the Gold Hill Trail are next up for hazard tree removal, with work set to begin Oct. 5.

The work is expected to continue through October and November or as long as weather permits. The contractor will work Monday through Friday each week, but will not operate on weekends.

Operations on the Peaks Trail will occur between the south trailhead on Ski Hill Road near Breckenridge to the Second Avenue Trailhead in Frisco. Operations on the Gold Hill Trail will occur between the trailhead located at the intersection of Colorado Highway 9 and Gateway Drive. (CR 950) and continue to the intersection with the Peaks Trail. 

“The Peaks Trail and Gold Hill Trail are two of the most popular trails in Summit County. The Forest Service understands that disruptions to recreational opportunities on the trail will be felt by the local community as well as by visitors to the area,” said Dillon District Ranger Jan Cutts.

“We ask, however, for patience as the Forest Service implements this hazard-tree mitigation work in response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The goal for the project is public safety, and due to the high public use and high density of dead and dying trees along the trail, it is a Forest Service priority to complete the logging work as quickly as possible.”

There are no plans to close the trails to public use at this time. However, delays of up to 30 minutes should be expected until the project is complete. The contractor will post trail-guards who stop the public until it is safe to pass through the cutting area. Please follow the directions of the contractor if you are requested to stop before entering the project area.

Please check the White River National Forest Alerts webpage for updated information.

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