Forest Service temporarily closes Four Mile Road west of Sunlight |

Forest Service temporarily closes Four Mile Road west of Sunlight

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The White River National Forest is temporarily closing Four Mile Road west of Sunlight Ski Area because of logging activity and maintenance on natural gas operations.

The closure is in effect immediately and will continue until May 20 unless conditions allow for it to be rescinded earlier, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The closure also affects logging roads in the Wolf Creek Area.

The Sunshine Timber Sale has been under way in that area. The roads are needed for log hauling, tree cutting and loading trucks. They will be plowed and maintained for the work. The Forest Service wants to avoid conflicts with recreational users of the area so it is temporarily closing the road. Riders of special fat-tired mountain bikes such as the Surly Pugsley are regular users of the road during winters, according to a spokesman for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers also use the road, though they can use the Sunlight to Powderhorn trail as an alternative.

While the roads are closed, Source Gas will use them to perform maintenance on buildings associated with its storage wells in the Wolf Creek area.

The affected routes are NFSR 300, NFSR 300.4K, NFSR 300.4M, NFSR 321, and NFSR 321.1B. Violations of the road closure may result in a written citation.

White River staff will educate the public about the road closure order, and respond to individuals in closed areas. Call Jon Thompson at the Sopris Ranger District with any questions at 970-963-2266.

In the forest in general, motorized users are responsible for determining where they can legally ride and what areas are off-limits. “No Snowmobile” signs will not be posted except in key areas.

Winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps have been produced for the entire forest, and show forest roads, trails and areas that have been designated for over-snow motor vehicle use. These maps are free, and are available at the Aspen and Sopris ranger stations or on the forest website:

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