As many of you are aware the trail system at Fourth of July Pass suffered a good deal of blockage damage from windthrown trees last winter and again this spring. Work parties in May and June cleared all the main trails with the exception of Jannette’s Jaunt. This trail was put off until late June or early July. The current bone-dry conditions and accompanying extreme fire danger promised to postpone this work even further. However, last Thursday, we mountain biked the trail to assess the work before us. To out surprise somebody unknown to us has cleared the trail, with the exception of a tree down on the horse gate near its start. To our knowledge, the benefactor was not one of our usual cooperating groups. Whoever it was we thank them. We will get the one remaining tree out with hand saws.
So, the trails are clear at Fourth of July, thanks to the work of many Nordic Club members and others. However, the fire situation is as extreme as any of us have experienced. For this reason, we have posted no fire signs at the Panhandle Hut and Peaceful View and plan the same for Ian’s Hut. These are in line with Forest Service fire restrictions. The trails are open for hiking, running, mountain biking and horse riding, but we urge all users to be very careful with any activity that could spark a fire and certainly to abstain from any use of fire.