Subject: RE: Seasonal Trail closures >Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 11:28:55 -0800 >From: "PETERSON Randy A" <RPETERSON@ODF.STATE.OR.US> > >University Firepower >We have closed University Firepower Trail for the season. It will re-open >after the rainy season. The last several years it has re-opened sometime >in late spring. > >Firebreak Five >Sometime next week we will be closing the upper segment (Saddle Mountain >Road to the Rock Crawl) of Firebreak Five Trail for the season. Access to >the rock crawl will be maintained from the top. We will also be rocking >the access trail to the rock crawl about the same time the closure work >takes place. There are a couple of other routes in the area that will >also be closed on a more permanent basis. The route that people have >started from Firebreak Five toward the lower sections of the rock crawl >and the route that takes off toward private land from the top of Firebreak >Five. > >Hogsback >We have some problems at the west end of Hogsback. The steep section has >become deeply rutted in places and several new routes were created around >the steep section. In addition, users started to drive/ride through a >meadow like area below the steep section and created a significant >problem. We have blocked and rehabed the meadow area and we have closed >and blocked the new routes that developed around the steep section. The >steep section is not sustainable. The situation is very similar to what >has taken place on University Firepower and the upper section of Firebreak >Five. I think the long term solution is to reroute the steep section but >would be willing to discuss other long term options. > >At this point we are considering a couple of short term options for the >winter/spring seasons. The first is to set up Hogsback for one way >traffic east to west so people would not be going up the the steep >section. The second is to close that segment of Hogsback trail for the >season and re-open again in late spring. What do you think? > >Could you please help spread the word about the University Firepower >seasonal closure and the upcoming season closure for Firebreak 5.