Section of Bear Creek Trail closed due to safety concerns

Montrose, Colorado, July 13, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Ouray Ranger District has issued an emergency closure order for a section of the Bear Creek Trail (NFST #241) over public safety concerns following a recent rock slide. The closure section, from the trailhead at Highway 550 to Yellow Jacket Mine, has experienced significant washout following the slide causing area instability and lack of safe walking surface. The trail’s North (NFST #241.1A) and South Fork (NFST #242) portions from Yellow Jacket Mine to their junctions with the Horsethief Trail (NFST #215) and Engineer Pass will remain open.
 
A copy of the signed closure order along with a map has been made available on the GMUG website and can be accessed at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/forestorders under the Ouray Ranger District section.