AREAS OF THE SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST TO REOPEN


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Jason Halladay · · Los Alamos, NM · Joined Oct 2005 · Points: 10,472

For the NM climbers, the SFNF plans to re-open tomorrow, July 12th at 8:00am, but with some closures in the areas affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge and Jarosa fires. For climbing areas I can think of off the top of my head, here's how I read it:

Pecos River Canyon - Closed until at least October 1, 2013 (see Karl Kiser's comment below)
Diablo Canyon - Open
The Dungeon - Open
Ponderosa Bouldering - Open
Gilman Tunnels - Open
Las Conchas - Closed
Upper East Fork (UEF) - Closed
Area 37 and Juno Tower - Open

The press release:

AREAS OF THE SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST TO REOPEN

SANTA FE, NM—JULY 11, 2013--The Santa Fe National Forest will reopen portions of the forest beginning Friday, July 12th at 8:00 a.m. The Forest will lift the full closure and move into Stage I fire restrictions. However, some areas of the Forest will remain closed due to impacts by wildfires or potential for flooding. “Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso fires will remain closed for public safety,” announced Deputy Forest Supervisor Joe Norrell. Concern remains over possible flash flooding in many areas downslope from burned areas which requires additional recreation site (seasonal) closures during the monsoon season. Please reference the attached closure orders and corresponding maps which provide detailed information about what is open and closed on the Santa Fe National Forest.

“Monsoonal moisture has minimized the risk of wildfire, although it has not totally eliminated it,” added Norrell, “We will maintain Stage I fire restrictions in all reopened areas. That means campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds.”

Portions of the Pecos Wilderness outside the Jaroso Fire closure will be open including the portion previously closed by the Carson National Forest—see attached map. There are many trails that you can enjoy within the Wilderness and other areas of the forest that are not within the fire area. However, we can’t stress enough the need for personal responsibility and safety when in the forest. You must be fully aware of where you are, the weather conditions, and what areas are closed because of the fires and potential downslope flooding.

The following areas will be closed year-round due to impacts from the Jaroso Fire:

The boundary of the Jaroso Fire Closure area within the Pecos Wilderness is made up of following segments of trails that will be closed:

• Cave Creek Trail 288 from the junction of the Dockweiler Trail 259 to the junction of Skyline
Trail 251
• Skyline Trail 251 to Horsethief Meadow Trail 253
• Horsethief Meadow Trail 253 to Panchuela West Trail 243
• Panchuela West Trail 243 to the Capulin Trail 158
• Capulin Trail 158 to the Cienego Redondo Trail 6
• Cienego RedondoTrail 6 to junction of Agua Sarca Trail 228
• Agua Sarca Trail 228 to the Rio Molino Trail 227
• Rio Molino Trail 227 to the Rio Medio
• The Rio Medio is the boundary from the junction of Trail 227 to the junction of Trail 157
• Rio Medio Trail 157 to Trail 251 on Trail Rider’s Wall
• Trail 251 south to the junction of Jack’s Creek Trail 257
• Jack’s Creek Trail 257 to the Sebadillosos Trail 245
• Sebadillosos Trail 245 to its junction with the Dockweiler Trail 259
• Dockweiler Trail 259 to the junction of Beatty’s Trail 25
• Beatty’s Trail 25 to the junction of Jack’s Creek Trail 257 south of Round Mountain
• Jack’s Creek Trail 257 north to the junction of Dockweiler Trail 259
• Dockweiler Trail 259 south back to the junction of the Cave Creek Trail 288

Additional trails that lead into the Jaroso fire area are also closed:
• Trail 157 from Rio Molino Trailhead to Rio Medio River
• Trail 155 from the Rio Medio Trailhead to the Rio Medio River
• Frijoles Trail 154 from the Santa Fe National Forest boundary to the junction of Capulin Trail 158
• Cave Creek Trail 288 from the Trailhead at Panchuela Campground to the junction of Dockweiler Trail 259

The following campgrounds will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Jaroso Fire and the closure of NM Highway 63:
Panchuela, JackÂ’s Creek, Cowles, and Iron Gate

Tres Lagunas Fire Closure
Please reference the attached Tres Lagunas Fire Closure Order and Map for detailed information about the boundaries of the fire closure area. The following areas within the closed area will remain open year-round:
• Forest Service Road 646 (“Davis-Willow Road”): no off-road driving (prism only).
• Davis-Willow campground: you are restricted to the actual campground area (prism only).

The following areas will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Tres Lagunas Fire:
Holy Ghost Canyon, Lower and Upper Dalton day-use areas, Field Tract, Windy Bridge and Forest Service lands within 100 feet of the waterÂ’s edge of the Pecos River. New Mexico State Highway 63 in the Pecos Canyon will remain closed at mile marker 15.

The following areas will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Thompson Ridge Fire:
The only closure as a result of the Thompson Ridge fire will be a seasonal closure of recreational areas within the Jemez Ranger District which may be flooded by runoff originating from the Thompson Ridge Fire burn scar.
• East Fork River Corridor – Beginning at the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera and ending at the confluence with the San Antonio River at Battleship Rock, the corridor is defined as being one quarter mile from the ordinary high water mark on each bank of the East Fork Jemez River.
• East Fork Trail, Forest Trail 137 beginning at Las Conchas Trailhead and ending at the Battleship Rock Trailhead parking area
• Forest Trail 121 (beginning at NM Highway 4 and ending at the East Fork Jemez River)
• Las Conchas Picnic and Fishing Area
• Las Conchas Trailhead
• East Fork Trailhead
• Jemez Falls Trailhead
• Battleship Rock Trailhead Parking Area
• La Cueva Picnic Area
• Spence Hot Spring Parking Area and Forest Trail 130

FIRE CLOSURE MAPS:
Thompson Ridge Fire Closure Map
Jarosa Fire Closure Map
Tres Lagunas Fire Closure Map

Brototype Winkler · · The Bay Area · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 275

This is great news. Thanks Jason!

ian watson · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 240

Thanks Jason I read about it on KOB kob.com/article/stories/S30…
but yours is much clearer.Lets hope for some rain and open Sandias.

Shirtless Mike · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 5,095

Thanks Jason!

Karl Kiser · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 6,653

Most of the Pecos Cliffs are a bit north of Windy Bridge. Therefore, the cliffs adjacent to the road will be closed until 1 October 2013. The high cliffs may be closed longer.

Paul Davidson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 605

Karl,
Were/are any of the Pecos areas damaged by fire ?

(& tx Jason for your work on updating all of us on the various areas)

Karl Kiser · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 6,653

I do not know about possible fire damage to the Pecos cliffs climbs. I hope harder rock, less fuel burned and standard (no glue ins) bolts will allow the area to survive. Chochiti Mesa did not far well.

George Perkins · · The Dungeon, NM · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 3,130

A friend of mine climbed at "Rim of the World" cliff in Pecos Canyon last weekend. He didn't notice any fire damage or reasons to think access wasn't legal.

I'll let y'all nitpick the map/closure info re: this and the other Pecos crags, rather than putting forth my guess. (There is some room for interpretation either way IMO.) The closure info and updating partial reopening is here.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/santafe/alerts-notices/?aid=18750

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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