"This is like nothing I have ever seen before," Ralph Bradt with the US Forest Service said.
The 500 acre blow down area in the Arapaho National Forest has damaged several trails in the area.
"It's huge," Bradt said. "You literally cannot find the trail without looking. It's a lot of climbing up and over and under and around, just trying to figure out where the trail is."
Volunteer crews are working to cut the fallen trees and clear the trail, but it may take until next year. The Forest Service is asking hikers to stay on trail.
"Just the act of people walking around the ends of trees creates new trails, creates new erosion," Bradt said.
Trails cleared: Chicago Lakes, South Chicago, Hells Hole, Beaver Meadows, Indian Creek, and Lincoln Lake.
Trails partially cleared: Resthouse (Echo Lake trailhead to 0.25 miles before Summit Flats junction), Summit Flats (Summit Lake to upper end of Resthouse Meadows), Cub Creek (Resthouse/Beaver Meadows junction to Bear Creek), Beartracks (first 2.7 miles), Lost Creek (first 2.5 miles), and south end of Roosevelt Lakes.
Trails not cleared: Lost Creek (Wilderness boundary to Cub Creek), Cub Creek (Indian Creek to Bear Creek), Beartracks (2.7 miles in from trailhead to Beartrack Lake), Summit Flats and Resthouse near Resthouse Meadows, Roosevelt Lakes near Beartrack Lake, and Captain Mountain.
For more info regarding trail status on the CCRD please call the Visitor Center (303) 567-3000.
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