Mule pack train will haul supplies in Maroon Bells area |

Mule pack train will haul supplies in Maroon Bells area

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Hikers between Maroon Lake and Crater Lake and near Buckskin Pass could encounter some uncommon trail mates Thursday, Friday and possibly Saturday.

A mule-pack train will transport materials for a train construction project from the West Maroon trailhead to a base camp in Minnehaha Gulch. The camp is needed for a Colorado Fourteeners’ Initiative (CFI) project that we be undertaken over the next several weeks. CFI crews will close and revegetate several braided trails on North Maroon Peak and define and improve a single trail along a low portion of the summit route. The project is in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service.

A notice from CFI and the Forest Service said the mules will carry full loads of equipment and will occupy the trail while passing by. Hikers are asked to be on the look out for the pack string, step off the trail to the downhill side if possible and follow the instructions of the lead rider.

The West Maroon parking lot will be closed to the public throughout the operation.

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