Forest Service will plow Fryingpan Valley roads |

Forest Service will plow Fryingpan Valley roads

BASALT ” The U.S. Forest Service plans to start plowing roads in the Upper Fryingpan River Valley starting March 25, if Mother Nature doesn’t melt the snow first.

The snow removal may create inconveniences for recreational skiers and users of the 10th Mountain Division huts, the agency said. The plowing is necessary to allow workers from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to perform maintenance and minor repairs on the Fryingpan-Arkansas water diversion facilities.

The plowing will take place over three to four weeks after March 25, with work starting on Chapman Gulch Road, also known as Forest Road 504, from the Fryingpan Road to a point near Twin Meadows.

Next, the plows will target Hagerman Pass Road from the end of pavement on Fryingpan Road to Ivanhoe Reservoir, or Forest Road 105.

Work will also be performed on the route from Fryingpan Road to the Fryingpan Lakes Trailhead; and on the North Fork Road, also known as Forest Road 501, from Elk Wallow Campground.

The plowing will have the biggest impact on skiers coming to the Fryingpan Valley from the Margy’s and McNamara huts and for skiers accessing the Betty Bear Hut.

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