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Restoration project near Warren Lakes could delay travel on popular Smuggler Mtn Road

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The U.S. Forest Service is undertaking a restoration project near Warren Lakes on Smuggler Mountain. Hikers, bikers and other users of the popular Smuggler Mountain Road can expect delays, as this map shows.

The U.S. Forest Service is undertaking a project near Warren Lakes that will affect travel on 3 miles of Smuggler Mountain Road for the next 17 days.

Smuggler Mountain Road will remain open up to the Warren Lakes gate, but the public can expect delays during times that heavy equipment and trailers are using the road, according to a notice from the White River National Forest Supervisor's Office.

"We apologize for the inconvenience," Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer said in a statement. "We ask that the public use caution when recreating or driving in this area while we finish up this important project."

Restoration activities will be underway to remove an abandoned cabin, trash and debris, and conduct road maintenance. It's the last leg of a broader effort called Greater Aspen Abandoned Mine Lands Safety Closure Project that started in summer 2017. It included removal of structures on Burnt Mountain, at Ruby ghost town and in Conundrum Valley that were deemed unsafe and not of historical value.

The Forest Service will use personnel from the Colorado Department of Correction's Colorado Correctional Industries on the Smuggler Mountain project.

While the project is on the upper portion of Smuggler Mountain Road, travel on a 3-mile stretch to the base will be affected when equipment and materials are moved.